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Oprah Rules! Prospective Blago Juror Will Get to Attend Taping of Oprah Show

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Oprah trumps all!

As you might recall the other day, a prospective juror in the retrial of ex-Ill. Gov Rod Blagojevich wanted off jury duty because she had four tickets to a May 10 taping of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” In May, the legendary show, which is taped in Chicago, is finished.

Earlier in the week, the judge and attorneys talked about possibly accommodating her by changing the court schedule that day. Then again, the judge expressed some skepticism about the importance of making it to the taping.

Well, the point is now moot.  The juror, known only as Juror 137,  got her wish. She’s won’t be serving, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The Tribune reported that prosecutors and defense lawyers agreed to drop the woman known as Juror 137 “without any public discussion of her alleged hardship.”

The Tribune reported that the never-short-of-words defendant Rod Blagojevich said afterward that he envied the woman for not having to sit through his retrial.

“No, I would say eff-ing golden,” joked Blagojevich.

Jury selection, which entered Day 5 on Thursday,  is winding down. Opening statements are expected on Monday, the Trib reported.

DEA Informant Admits Taping Defense Attorney Chats

This trial in the sunny state of Florida isn’t looking so sunny.  In fact, it’s getting darn right messy. A DEA informant admitted  tape recording the defense attorney. The U.S. Attorney admits it failed to follow policy, but is opposed to a mistrial or dismissal of the case. The defense says the recordings may have helped the prosecution figure out its trial strategy. A federal judge has yet to rule on the matter. It should be an interesting decision. Stay tuned.

BY JAY WEAVER
The Miami Herald
MIAMI — The federal trial of a Miami Beach doctor accused of illegally prescribing painkillers morphed Tuesday into a courtroom clash between his lawyer and prosecutors.

The attorney for Dr. Ali Shaygan accused two government witnesses of tape-recording him and his private investigator — at the direction of the prosecution — and then keeping it all secret during their testimony last month.

‘These people there said, `Tape-record the defense,’ ” defense attorney David O. Markus declared, pointing to prosecutors Sean Cronin and Andrea Hoffman.

The government witness, Trinity Clendening, agreed, admitting he recorded Markus on his home phone two times in December.
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