Jurors in Rod Blagojevich Trial Get Transcript of Former Deputy Governor's Testimony
The judge in the corruption trial of former Gov.
Rod R. Blagojevich granted jurors’ request Monday for a transcript of the testimony of a former deputy governor who criticized Mr. Blagojevich’s effort to raise campaign money through the brother of Rahm Emanuel. Bradley Tusk, the former deputy, had testified that Mr. Blagojevich had planned to delay a $2 million grant to a school in the district represented by Mr. Emanuel, then a congressman and now White House chief of staff, until his Hollywood-agent brother held a fund-raiser. Mr. Tusk said he ignored a Blagojevich directive to deliver the message to Mr. Emanuel. He said he thought the plan was “both illegal and unethical.”
Rod Blagojevich's jury revealed last week it was at a stalemate on all but two counts against the former governor, but the panel on Monday signaled it was back at work, asking to review the testimony of a former top aide.
On the 13th day of deliberations, jurors in Rod Blagojevich's trial asked for the transcript of testimony by former Deputy Gov. Bradley Tusk, who from the witness stand leveled allegations of an attempted extortion of then-U.S. Rep Rahm Emanuel in 2006.
The attempted extortion of Emanuel is contained in two racketeering counts, is part of the overall wire fraud scheme described in detail before count three in the indictment and is charged specifically and separately in count 14, an attempted extortion charge.