Law & Order - Time Wasters Unit

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Rod Blagojevich walks away with one conviction, making his trial more of an episodic series than a made-for-TV movie. (4:29)

ALL RIGHT.

YOU MAY REMEMBER IN DECEMBER OF

2008 U.S. ATTORNEY PATRICK

FITZGERALD MADE THIS STUNNING

ANNOUNCEMENT CONCERNING AT THAT

TIME THE SITTING GOVERNOR OF

ILLINOIS.

>> GOVERNOR BLAGOJEVICH HAS BEEN

ARRESTED IN THE MIDDLE OF WHAT

WE CAN DESCRIBE AS A POLITICAL

CORRUPTION CRIME SPREE.

THE CONDUCT WOULD MAKE LINCOLN

ROLL OVER IN HIS GRAVE.

>> I CAN'T WAIT TO TESTIFY TO

SET THE REPORT STRAIGHT.

I'M DIEING TO ANSWER THE

CHARGES.

>> Jon: SO THE STAGE WAS SET.

A YOUNG PROSECUTOR A SEEMINGLY

STUPID GOVERNOR.

IT'S LIKE.

>> I WANT TO KNOW WHO HAS THE

RIGHTS FOR MADE FOR TV MOVIE.

THIS JUST SCREAMS MADE FOR TV

MOVIE.

>> Jon: SURE, WHY NOT.

EVEN THOUGH THE HOT PROSECUTOR

PLAYED BY JERRY O'COBBLE FROM

SLIDERS NEVER PRODUCED THE

EVIDENCE HE INTIMATED HE

POSSESSED AND THE ANGRY GOVERNOR

PLAYED BY JERRY O'CONNELL'S

DUFUS BROTHER FROM THE BACHELOR,

CHARLIE, NEVER MADE IT TO THE

WITNESS STAND.

THE WITNESS PLAYED BY BLAIR

UNDERWOOD.

[LAUGHTER]

I'M REALLY HOPING THAT THAT IS

TPOET -- PHOTO SHOPPED.

A BATTLE SURE TO HAVE A DRAMATIC

ENDING WHICH WE GOT YESTERDAY.

LET'S LISTEN IN.

>> FOR ROD BLAGOJEVICH, THE

FORMER GOVERNOR OF ILLINOIS IS

FOUND GUILTY OF ONE COUNT MAKING

FALSE STATEMENTS TO THE F.B.I.

BUT ON 23 OTHER COUNTS THERE WAS

A DEADLOCK, A HUNG JURY.

>> Jon: THE ENDING OF THIS

MOVIE SUCKED.

WHO MADE THIS MOVIE M. NIGHT

SHAMALAN?

OH, NO I'M WRONG.

[LAUGHTER]

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

LOOK AT THESE CHARGES.

RACKETEERING, MAIL FRAUD,

BRIBERY, ATTEMPTED EXTORTION,

BRIBERY SCPEERCY, ATTEMPTING

BRIBERY EXTORTION.

FILLING CHILDREN'S PARTY PINATAS

WITH NOTHING BUT SCHOOL SUPPLIES

ERASERS?

DID THE PROSECUTION EVEN COME

CLOSE IN.

>> ON THE -- COME CLOSE?

>> OWE THE MOST EXPLOSIVE CHARGE

TRYING TO SELL BARACK OBAMA'S

SEAT THE VOTE WAS 11-1 TO

CONVICT.

>> Jon: I WONDER WHICH JUROR

SIDED WITH BLAGOJEVICH?

OH, OH, WAIT.

[LAUGHTER]

I DON'T TRUST THE BIG KID WITH

THE FUNNY HAIR.

THAT'S IT, I GUESS.

>> THEY COULD NOT AGREE THAT WE

HAD PROVEN OR NOT PROVEN THOSE

COUNTS.

AS YOU KNOW, WE INTEND TO RETRY

THOSE CHARGES IN THE NEAR

FUTURE.

>> Jon: OH, FOR (bleep)

SAKE.

SO THE CHARGES THAT ORIGINALLY

MADE LINCOLN ROLL OVER IN HIS

GRAVE, THESE CHARGES, WHICH HAD

REANIMATED THE 150-YEAR-OLD

CORPORATION OF OUR MOST HONEST

PRESIDENT.

THIS ISN'T A MOVIE THIS IS AN

EPISODIC SERIES.

THIS IS LAW AND ORDER: TIME

WAFTERS -- WASTERS UNITE.

BLAGOJEVICH DIDN'T GET AWAY

SCOTT FREE CONVICTED OF LYING TO

F.B.I.

THE KIND OF CRIME THAT WOULD

MAKE VAN VAN BUREN'S VICE

PRESIDENT SHIFT IN HIS GRAVE.

>> I WANT 20 EXPRESS MY

GRATITUDE TO THE MEN AND WOMEN

OF THE JURY AND REMIND THE

PEOPLE OF ILLINOIS I DIDN'T LET

YOU DOWN.

THE JURY HAS SHOWN THAT I DIDN'T

DO ANYTHING WRONG.

>> Jon: EXCEPT FOR THE LYING

THING.

THE LIE TOGETHER F.B.I. THAT WAS

A SLAM DOWN.

WEAN A BONE HEAD PROSECUTOR AND

A BOUGHT AND PAID FOR JURY.

OOPS.

IF THERE'S ONE WINNER HERE IT'S

GOT TO BE BLAGOJEVICH'S LEGAL

TEAM.

THE ENTHUSIASM AND VIGOR THAT

THE STATE HAD FOR BLAGOJEVICH TO

WALK AWAY WITH ONLY ONE

CONVICTION.

HIS LAWYERS WHO APPARENTLY ARE

FROM THE FIRM RICKELS AND

PALPATINE.

[LAUGHTER]

THEY MUST HAVE WORKED REALLY

HARD FOR THAT VERDICT.

[LAUGHTER]

>> WE DIDN'T PUT ON ANY DEFENSE,

NONE, ZERO, ZIP, NOTHING AND

THEY COULDN'T GET A CONVICTION.

>> Jon: I WAS DRUNK EVERY

SINGLE DAY OF THE TRIAL.

I DON'T SCREEN A LAW DEGREE.

I WASN'T EVEN AWAKE HALF THE

TIME.

I PAINTED EYEBALLS ON MY

EYELIDS.

THIS IS HOW LIT

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