Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich Declines To Testify

July 22nd, 2010 - 8:55 pm ICT by GD  

By Madhuri Dey
rodJuly 22, (THAINDIAN NEWS) After all his former chiding of U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, and voicing his opinion that the prosecutors should play all the tapes in front of the jury, on Wednesday the former Governor Rod Blagojevich maintained absolute silence. The former governor who is facing corruption trials, stood up in front of U.S. District Judge B. Zagel to say that he had decided not to testify in the case. Rod Blagojevich came up with no defense and his team of attorney rested the case without playing a single tape or calling a witness. While many attorneys have voiced that the move of Rod Blagojevich had saved him from facing devastating questions during trail, others have maintained that his decision to keep quite might prove devastating as well.

The former Governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich stood up on Tuesday in front of the U.S. District Judge B. Zagel and said that he had decided not to testify in front of the jurors. When asked whether it was his personal decision, the former governor smiled and added “It is my decision”. Rod Blagojevich, 53 was charged by the prosecutors for scheming to sell or trade the former Senate seat of the now President of United States Barack Obama in exchange of a Cabinet post, an ambassadorship. However, Rod Blagojevich had pleaded not guilty of the charges before.

Rod Blagojevich told to media sources afterward that he had always believed that he would testify in front of the court and that it was only reluctantly that the reconsidered the advice of his lawyer Sam Adam. He said that Sam Adam’s most compelling argument that changed the decision of the Rod was that “the government in their case proved my innocence”.

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