…Blago’s playing for up to 415 years in prison and $6 million in fines — the maximum sentence if he’s convicted on each of the 24 counts of fraud, conspiracy, bribery and racketeering of which he’s accused.
415 years. How fitting.
* Watch the strangeoids who show up to cheer the goofball near the end of this video…
* This is trivial, but it’s still an interesting insight into how the media thinks…
With no sign of huge crowds yet, Judge James Zagel has decided to keep the trial in his courtroom on the 25th floor, as opposed to moving it to a larger space. So far, the media, which includes more than 20 television cameras bunched up in the “bullpen” in the lobby, are buzzing about two things while it waits for the trial to start: The ambiguity over Zagel’s permission of smart-phone usage in the courtroom and how unimpressive the crowd is.
Maybe people such as the owner of the blog, should abstain and/or refrain from comments since he has a serious dislike for this man! Inside that people, and from the US DOJ, even him is not guilty until he is convicted! So comment in 3-4 months, when he will be convicted!
Maybe the 415 years includes time spent in purgatory, or in the vestibule of Hades (see Dante’s Inferno), or being reincarnated as one of the rats in his alley, or some other form of appropriate afterlife punishment?
I predict Rod will make the same kind of deal he used to with the budget and plea bargain down to 150 years. Then he’ll tell us how much he’s looking forward to getting out of prison and becoming governor again. Dufus!
As an attorney who’s done a little bit of criminal work, I have a personal pet peeve when the media comes up with a number like 415 years, presumably by just adding up the maximum on each count. It’s overly simplistic and completely inaccurate to do that, but it sounds sexy. Federal Sentencing Guidelines are incredibly complex, but they never, ever result in someone getting a sentence like the media suggests in these instances. A better practice would be to consult with an attorney who works in sentencing to give them a realistic range based on the charged offenses.
The BBC reports that Blago’s potential fines add up to 4.1 million pounds sterling. Not sure how much that would be in euros or whatever the Serbian currency is….
While we’re on the topic of foreign conversions and meaningless maximum prison sentences, Blago’s max prison term works out to more than 1,600 years on Mercury (its “year” is only 88 Earth days), about 200 years on Mars (1 Martian year = 686 Earth days), and less than 2 years on Pluto (1 Plutonian year = 248 Earth years). Anyone know how long it would be in dog years?
I am so glad I am attending the trial firsthand! im sur ethe media is well intentioned - but they are gonna put the spin on the news that moves the crowd…heck one potential juror was asked if he was influenced by the news on this case, and he noted that he had been on a grand jury for 18 mths and he realized that the media gave it a good shot, but was only half right in reporting the facts….im reading the posts for reporters (most of whom I was standing right next to)…honestly, its been only a few chuckles and Rod was pretty serious for the most part. Zagel is runing a pretty tight ship - I mean gosh it is federal court!
My only problem is that the media takes up half the available space and you can count the number of folks on one hand who were who members of the media that took up the last few available spaces. (becasue those without passes were in line was early as 630AM) Senior citizens and others arriving after the tickets were passed out had to sit in the ‘overflow’ with access to sound only - now that’s where the media should be!