The re-trial of Rod Blagojevich began Monday, with the prosecution leaving behind much of the fanfare found in the first trial that resulted in mistrials on 23 of the 24 counts against the former governor.
Blagojevich was tried for racketeering, among a host of other related charges, in 2009. There were many others who were also brought up on charges in the original trial, including some of Blagojevich’s advisors and his brother. This time around, however, the prosecution shed many of the original charges in an attempt to streamline its case, due to complaints from jurors that it was too confusing.
Blagojevich’s defense gears up to begin calling witnesses next week, and in order to parse out the details of the case and to see how it has changed from the first trial, we are providing the affidavits and several motions proposed by the defense for suppressions, and even an acquittal.