Blago Lesson: It’s Okay to Sell a Senate Seat, So Long as You Don’t Lie about It

All you Californians ought to be getting awfully nervous about Senate-Select Carly Fiorina about now. Because the lesson I take from the Rod Blagojevich verdict–he was found guilty of just one charge of lying to the FBI, while the jury remained deadlocked on 23 other charges–is that it’s okay to sell a Senate seat, so long as you don’t lie about it.

A federal jury today convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich of only one count against him: lying to the FBI. Jurors said they were deadlocked on the other 23 counts against the former governor, and all four counts against his brother Robert.

Mind you, prosecutors immediately told the judge they’d be back to retry the remaining counts.

But in spite of the fact that Blago appears to be headed for jail, this is not a big victory against corruption.

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emptywheel Especially true since bin Laden party investigation said top DOD officials couldn't get in trouble. https://t.co/pt9oDPtPeU
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emptywheel Important point in @PGEddington piece on politicization on ISIL intel: DOD IG can't be trusted on investigation. https://t.co/t1zHUgr1Ro
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bmaz @RMFifthCircuit Less fill and more law safer, but I bet he lays it out with plenty of fill to explain to the public what he is doing.
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bmaz @bnlfan_thunder @BenVolin Different judges do it differently. Most common, by my experience, is both parties, then breakouts, then together.
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bmaz @bnlfan_thunder @BenVolin ABSOLUTELY!
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bmaz @bnlfan_thunder @BenVolin I am sure you are well intentioned, but you are wrong. FWIW, I do this for a living, and have for a long time.
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bmaz RT @ProFootballTalk: Mike Shanahan declares Kirk Cousins a “top 10 quarterback,” and obviously just enjoys watching the world burn http://t…
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bmaz @bnlfan_thunder @BenVolin Uh, this is an arbitration, NOT a mediation. The semantics matter. Saying parties never together in arbs is silly.
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bmaz .@BenVolin Sure they can. Its whatever+however court decides to conduct it. But parties can be+often are, in the same room. Just wasn't here
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bmaz RT @RMFifthCircuit: The whole rapid fire coverage of Deflategate impossible under old system... Just musing. https://t.co/h9d49pc9CL
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bmaz @WerlySportsLaw @RMFifthCircuit @Prof_Holland @WALLACHLEGAL @IanPGunn @amilst44 We still have very limited/no crim efile. Civil presumptive
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