Friday, impeached Governor Rod Blagojevich lost an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to delay the start of his trial June 3rd. And through FOIA requests, WGN TV got a copy of his mug shot taken December 9, 2008 when he was arrested at his Chicago home.
Blagojevich is facing federal charges of trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama, and leveraging the powers of his office to enrich himself and a close ring of associates. He has attempted to subpoena Barack Obama as a witness, and the overseeing judge has left the door open for Obama testimony.
The charges include racketeering, attempted extortion, bribery, conspiracy to commit bribery and conspiracy to commit extortion -- in other words, the Chicago Way.
If anything like Blagojevich's impeachment proceedings in January 2009, trial followers are likely to witness first hand slick trial attorneys' tactics of using emotion, doubts, half-truths, silence and drama to get their clients off. Stay tuned ...