December 31, 2008

Fitzgerald Seeks 90 Day Extension for Filing Indictments; Suggests Problem is Too Much Evidence to Review
— Ace

Eh. I think it's that his case is shaky, no matter what he says about new witnesses coming forward. It's tough to prove a bribery case.


Bobby Rush, of course, continues his race-baiting tour.


Posted by: Ace at 09:44 AM | Comments (55)
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1 Fitz is no rookie prosecutor, don't think he would have indicted in the first place if he thought the case was not solid. I tend to think (or hope at least) that he is trying to reel in some real big, corrupt fish.

Posted by: IC at December 31, 2008 09:48 AM (jZNCU)

2 Fitzgerald will be fired on January 20 by Obama. If he wants an indictment, he needs to do it before then. Whoever Obama picks to replace Fitzgerald won't do anything with it, anyway, but there is always the chance that the replacement gets high on medical marijuana and then leaks damaging material to Smoking Gun or Wikileaks. I bet Blago walks free. Too many powerful people need him to stay quiet (going right up to the top).

Posted by: Indythinker at December 31, 2008 09:49 AM (WiIQi)

3

It's tough to prove a bribery case.

There's always the old standby of "lying to investigators".

Posted by: andycanuck at December 31, 2008 09:51 AM (55TIb)

4

Fitzgerald is a crappy prosecutor; look at the way he handled the Plame affair. He had a 3 year investigation for a leak he had identified before he began, and the only thing he had to show for his power trip was Scooter Libby. Fitz is a punk and a partisan, and I think he sprung the trap early specifically to prevent any indictments against anyone, including Blago.

But I'm a cynic.

Posted by: Ella at December 31, 2008 09:51 AM (jeP9I)

5 It's all bullshit anyway.   He brought it up before any laws were broken so to protect the anointed one.

Posted by: Herr Steifenhoch at December 31, 2008 09:54 AM (v9vTw)

6 these are not the obama associates you're looking for

Posted by: toby wan kenobi at December 31, 2008 09:55 AM (PD1tk)

7 Blago has them by the balls.

Posted by: TheQuietMan at December 31, 2008 09:57 AM (1Jaio)

8 Meh; I'm going fishing.

Posted by: Scott Peterson at December 31, 2008 10:01 AM (92T8R)

9
Fitz knows how to add more billable hours.  Isn't that the only true sign of a great attorney.

The guy does not impress me.

Posted by: Dang at December 31, 2008 10:03 AM (Y5LIx)

10 What Ella said.

Posted by: dr kill at December 31, 2008 10:06 AM (JWAjn)

11 "Fitzgerald will be fired on January 20 by Obama."

I don't believe that even Barry is quite that stupid OR that teflon.  Fitzgerald is untouchable.

"Fitz is a punk and a partisan, and I think he sprung the trap early specifically to prevent any indictments against anyone, including Blago."

My own experience of working with the feds suggests exactly the opposite.  Unlike most of us state prosecutors, they have the time, resources and discretion to build a mountain of evidence before they ever do anything.

"Blago has them by the balls."

Blago has Harry Reid, Rahm Emmanuel and the Illinois Legislature by the balls.  He doesn't have shit on Fitzgerald.

Posted by: Dave J at December 31, 2008 10:06 AM (xHFvH)

12 So, has Ace totally given up on having his own blog and resigned to culling stories off of Hot Air with no additional commentary?

Posted by: toetotoetotoe at December 31, 2008 10:06 AM (wD0yO)

13 Fitzgerald already has the support of Senator Durbin to remain the USA for the Northern District in Chicago.  He's not going anywhere.

Posted by: Gabriel Sutherland at December 31, 2008 10:19 AM (AHrTm)

14 What, is Andrea Mitchell stonewalling again?

Posted by: richard mcenroe at December 31, 2008 10:22 AM (rVDQX)

15 Fitzgerald's Plame case was pretty stupid. He should have dropped the whole thing rather than work on the conspiracy/perjury angle. But he did nail Conrad Black pretty good. I do think the case is fairly weak from a federal standpoint. But if 30 days elapse and Blago hasn't been impeached, I will be shocked.

Posted by: Fresh Air at December 31, 2008 10:22 AM (1xRIK)

16

In other Democrat-related news, pro-John Kerry Swift Boat vet pleads guilty to kiddie porn charges. (h/t Conservative Grapevine)

Posted by: andycanuck at December 31, 2008 10:24 AM (55TIb)

17 In other Democrat-related news

Ha.  The Spurwing comment on that story

Posted by: toby928 at December 31, 2008 10:28 AM (PD1tk)

18 "... if 30 days elapse and Blago hasn't been impeached, I will be shocked."

I won't be.  Blago has the goods on enough of Illinois's state legislators, or he would've been impeached already.

Posted by: Dave J at December 31, 2008 10:29 AM (xHFvH)

19 Looks like we will have to abandon Fitzmas and wait for St. 'Patrick' day for our schadenfreude holiday.

Posted by: polynikes at December 31, 2008 10:30 AM (m2CN7)

20

But he did nail Conrad Black pretty good.
The initial claim against Lord Black was for stealing $500-million from stockholders. The amount kept on coming down every time the prosecution had to actually name a figure until the actual theft amount in the final charges was down to about $110-million.

The 4 convictions out of 13 charges amounted to about $13-million. (Or US$10-million--I can't remember if the 13 figure was the Canadian dollar "translation" or the actual U.S. dollar figure.)

One of the jurors said after the trial that she thought that the star witness against Lord Black was a witness for Lord Black. [P.S. even though he's an American, he was just released from the Canadian minimum security prison were he plea-bargained his sentence to be served. He wasn't charged with or convicted of any crime in Canada.]

All of the state witnesses who were on the board and signed off on all of the documents Lord Black signed and that were approved by a major accounting firm (I've forgotten which one offhand), including by a former Illinois governor, weren't charged with anything.

Not Fitzy's doing, I'm pretty sure, but the court-appointed administrator for Hollinger crossed the $1-billion profit mark for himself as a professional court-appointed administrator while overseeing Hollinger while the share price plummeted from what it had been under Lord Black.

Here's Mark Steyn's take on the entire trial as a blog diary. His opinion and report on the conviction is on the links first (or in a way last) page.

I seem to recall one of the Steyn reports/columns opining that Fitzy was probably going to run for governor himself one day.

Posted by: andycanuck at December 31, 2008 10:44 AM (55TIb)

21 oops... "link's first page".

Posted by: andycanuck at December 31, 2008 10:47 AM (55TIb)

22 Some people think Fitz pulled the trigger prematurely to avoid getting Obama entangled in the mess. I tend to agree with these people.

Posted by: Chuck at December 31, 2008 11:02 AM (yz7h+)

23 That's usually not a good sign, but I'm sort of inclined to lean toward Chuck's explanation. Even if it wasn't a partisan attempt to help out his favorite candidate (and it could have just been "holy crap do something before a president gets involved") that isn't a positive sign.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at December 31, 2008 11:13 AM (PQY7w)

24

 

geesus fuck

those commenters at hotair are useless dumb cunts.

Posted by: pooper at December 31, 2008 11:33 AM (wqYqf)

25 those commenters at hotair are useless dumb cunts.

They're too busy bickering at each other in the religion/atheist posts. Allah never seems to tire of them rehashing the same arguments in- at this point- a couple or three posts a day.

Posted by: stanthecaddy at December 31, 2008 11:46 AM (UKELC)

26

Posted by: stanthecaddy at December 31, 2008 04:46 PM (UKELC)

Well,  it's better than those professional writers at the Corner who feel the need to have the same God argument every few weeks.

Posted by: toetotoetotoe at December 31, 2008 11:50 AM (wD0yO)

27 Depends on how he indicts.  A bribery conviction is hard.  A conspiracy conviction...a foregone conclusion.  The statute was designed that way.

Posted by: The Obvious at December 31, 2008 11:51 AM (1g+FW)

28 Posted by: toetotoetotoe at December 31, 2008 04:50 PM (wD0yO)

Stopped reading the Corner a long time ago. Having said that, I wouldn't doubt that your right.

Posted by: stanthecaddy at December 31, 2008 11:52 AM (UKELC)

29 "My own experience of working with the feds suggests exactly the opposite. Unlike most of us state prosecutors, they have the time, resources and discretion to build a mountain of evidence before they ever do anything." True, except that the US attorney (Fitz), serves at the pleasure of the president. Obama will fire Fitz. Obama has unlimited chutzpah.

Posted by: Indythinker at December 31, 2008 12:08 PM (WiIQi)

30 No he won't,  Not if Fitz has received a continuance for the indictment.  I don't like Fitz, but this is smart.  Keeps him on the job and keeps the potential targets (and informants) nervous and talkative.

Posted by: The Obvious at December 31, 2008 12:12 PM (1g+FW)

31 the "lets not let it become an obama issue" seems more valid with this argument.

Posted by: Wickedpinto at December 31, 2008 12:14 PM (ul7te)

32 In their defense, National Review was actually started by a strong Roman Catholic.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at December 31, 2008 12:17 PM (PQY7w)

33 Posted by: Christopher Taylor at December 31, 2008 05:17 PM (PQY7w)

I've got no problem with it- the Corner is just kind of stale nowadays. No discussions of hobo hunting and whatnot.

Posted by: stanthecaddy at December 31, 2008 12:21 PM (UKELC)

34 If the congressional black caucus and the congressional leadership end up fighting over Burriss it will be an issue for Obama whether he wants it to be or not.

Posted by: The Obvious at December 31, 2008 12:22 PM (1g+FW)

35

The latest from the Chicago Swamp Drainer:

 

Many more questions than answers.  At such times Prosecutors ask for more time but all journalists know where to go – Deep Throat: AKA Mark Felt, former Assistant FBI Director passed over by Nixon.

 

“I know he’s dead now,” said one reporter: “but that never stopped Woodward.”

 

One reporter revealed that Mark Felt had talked from his deathbed: “Mark told me that he was part of a super secret FBI black op double-double cross”, the man said: “Felt would conduct illegal surveillance on the Weathermen - and then get caught at it - so Bill Ayers would be free to bomb away.”  In the annals of the FBI, no super secret black op double-double cross has ever been more successful: Mark Felt is considered a hero, liberal terrorists are free, and Republicans took the hit. 

 

“That’s nothing compared to the current operation”, the reporter bent over to whisper: “Understand that this is still unconfirmed, but it came indirectly from Deep Throat’s bank of sneaky plans, and what reporter could name a better source than that?”

 

“The goal of the operation is to clean the stink off Obama.  The first step is to flood the zone:  I mean jeez, his wife gets a $200K raise just after Obama becomes Senator, then the Hospital she works for gets millions in earmarks.  Blackwell Jr. hires the guy for a hundred grand for no work, and then gets all kinds of grants.  Obama and Ayers steer millions to Rezko through Foundations and bring in murky Iraqi guys.”

 

 “Step 2 is to create connections.  Show that Emanual, Rezko and Blackwell Jr. are connected to Blago and Obama, and Daley is connected to the unions and the mob.  Create such a labyrinth of connections that it looks like the Hillarycare chart – forget Fitzgerald, even Sherlock Holmes couldn’t figure it out.  Obama gets a deal on a house owned by doctors at that same hospital, on another house he deals with convict Rezko for a crooked deal with a sweet loan from a mob bank linked to the Governor.  Show Obama’s future Attorney General serving as the mob Governor’s agent to the Gaming Board to get a casino license for a mob city.  Protest too much, then pretend that you hardly knew these guys.  Make the crap is so deep you almost have to wipe your shoes just reading about it; reporters will pretend not to understand it.  Step 2 is by far the easiest part because it is, in fact, the true Chicago.”

 

“Step 3 is to focus all attention on the one thing the President-elect didn’t do – try to buy a Senate seat.  Make it a simple scheme so that reporters will zero in on it and readers will understand it. Plant some conversations on tape, just enough to get attention, not a conviction. Be secretive, delay, release stuff just before a holiday - act guilty as hell. Have the President-elect undergo “intense” interrogation by prosecutors.” 

 

“Step 4, find some Republican involved in something so the press can give it equal time.”

 

“Step 5, when Fitzgerald bypasses Obama in this investigation, play it up as if Jean Valjean was cleared by Inspector Javert.  Presto!  Obama is cleaned by Fitzgerald, Superman Prosecutor.” 

 

(The Swamp Drainer is committed to reporting all the news that is fit to invent)

Posted by: Robert at December 31, 2008 12:28 PM (VotgB)

36 I used to think I lived in a country where the law was applied objectively and fairly, but I now realize it is applied by Democrats.

Posted by: sherlock at December 31, 2008 12:54 PM (8V5Ut)

37 Hello? Is this blog on?

Posted by: XBradTC at December 31, 2008 01:00 PM (/K0QE)

38 There is no law anymore.  It's a fucking free-for-all.  Only the little guys get screwed now...the big boys walk through the fire unharmed.

Posted by: LC at December 31, 2008 01:04 PM (K37tB)

39
In other Democrat-related news, pro-John Kerry Swift Boat vet pleads guilty to kiddie porn charges. (h/t Conservative Grapevine)

Oh shit that is great!  What a fucking piece of shit!  I hope the guys with the biggest dicks in prison like wrinkled ass!  Fuck him hard,  fellas!

Ha!  He's probably toothless!  One protein shake,  comin' up!

Posted by: Dang at December 31, 2008 01:05 PM (Y5LIx)

40 Ace is off-base here. Fitz has Blago by the balls. Blago's number one and two fundraisers and early cronies are indicted and cooperated. Another close compadre is cooperating. About 10 others just outside the circle are cooperating. They have his wife taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in phony real estate commissions. They have tons of mystery gifts probably not declared on tax returns. They have many other extortion attempts. Trust me on this one, they have Blago dead to rights and will shock quite a few people when it is all revealed.

Posted by: Dantana at December 31, 2008 01:16 PM (zoVA8)

41 Hard to believe a fine upstanding fellow that would defend John F Kerry's military record could end up a scumbag pervert. Shocking, really.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at December 31, 2008 01:16 PM (PQY7w)

42

Dantana,

I will be totally shocked if Fitz pins anything on Blago, evidence notwithstanding. I don't think that indictments will be based on evidence one way or another, just like both the Plame and Black witchhunts had nothing to do with the "underlying crime," evidence, or actual guilt. Blago is guilty as sin, but I think it will be up to God to punish him. I don't think Fitz will (unless Blago doesn't pay to play....)

Any questions about how, exactly, Fitzgerald intended to advance to the governorship? I don't see a path that doesn't involve getting his hands a little dirty along the way.

Posted by: Ella at December 31, 2008 01:33 PM (jeP9I)

43 When the day comes that this country finally wakes up to the criminal douchebaggery being perpetrated on it, by fucknuggets like the pile of filth in Chicago and D.C., I'll make a killing with the pitchfork and flaming torch concession.

100% made in the USA. Accept no substitutes.

Posted by: Unclefacts at December 31, 2008 01:47 PM (M+Vfm)

44

Any questions about how, exactly, Fitzgerald intended to advance to the governorship?

I just took a word-search look through all 170 pages of my Black Trial file, Ella, and couldn't find Steyn writing that Fitzgerald was after the governorship. I probably read it somewhere else, maybe a comments section opinion, and it stuck in my mind. (Something about crusading DA runs for governorship.)

And the governor was four-time governor, Jim Thompson, who used to be Fitzgerald's predecessor as Chief Federal Prosecutor in the same district. [KPMG was the accounting firm.]

Posted by: andycanuck at December 31, 2008 02:58 PM (55TIb)

45

Maybe I read the governor item in a conservative critique of the Libby show trial?

Posted by: andycanuck at December 31, 2008 03:00 PM (55TIb)

46

Andycanuck, I'm not doubting you. It actually makes more sense this way. Rudy used his USA position as a stepping stone to mayor of NYC; it's not suprising that Fitzgerald would use it to become governor (if he has higher political ambitions).

What that opens up, though, is what the political climate and "pay for play" means <em>to Fitzgerald himself</em>. He's not some white horse-riding hero in that scenario; he's someone in a vested interest in shaking up the political establishment, either by tearing it down (unseating Blago) or ingratiating himself to it (sparing Blago, Obama, and Daley from criminal indictments). He can't have been in on the Blago investigation from the begining, because he was in Washington harassing Scooter Libby, and then going after Conrad Black. She he just took this case over, and then he blew it early.

Again, Fitzgerald may be pure as the driven snow, with no eye toward advancing a political career. The rumor of his wanting the governorship, though, causes me to speculate - what is he willing to do to get it, and who is he going to do it with? I'm thinking no one has a shot in Chicago polictis without being connected. So who is he connected to and how?

And I am will to say that I'm a jerk and unfair if Fitz is keeping himself apart from the political  machine there and I'm speculating against a good man and crusader.

Posted by: Ella at December 31, 2008 03:26 PM (jeP9I)

47 I think that Fitz has a lot of evidence of a lot of crimes - Blago was tapped for years.  The "selling" of the senate seat is the proverbial icing on the cake.

Posted by: FrankReality at December 31, 2008 04:49 PM (t5/IN)

48 It was all a farce to get me to name Valerie Jarrett. When I said no, Obama's team called Fitzgerald. See, that's how politics works. That's why I'm not leaving office.

Posted by: Blago at December 31, 2008 05:48 PM (0eJbm)

49 You tell him Rodney!

Posted by: Roland "balls across the nose" Burris at December 31, 2008 05:56 PM (1dOyI)

50

I'm not doubting you.

That's okay, Ella. I didn't think that you were.

Posted by: andycanuck at December 31, 2008 06:02 PM (55TIb)

51 Fitz has to let the dhimmies bury the corpses and other evidence.  Then he will seek to charge Chenney for lying to investigators regarding Blago's sale of the senate seat. 

Posted by: Thomas Jackson at December 31, 2008 06:05 PM (0Qynq)

52 Those from outside Illinois haven't seen the piles of stories and earlier court pleadings on the Blago corruption case. It's massive. When Blago is indicted, he will be facing 15 years in prison. Don't let the bravado fool you. He was curled up on the floor in the lockup in a fetal position. The Burris pick was a poke in the eye to Illinois, but it means nothing ultimately for Rod. He's as dead as can be and the only remaining question is whether he'll cut a deal to try to save his wife. I doubt it.

Posted by: Dantana at December 31, 2008 09:28 PM (zoVA8)

53 Yeah, really shaky!

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