Rod Blagojevich on Jon Stewart: Tongue-tied?

Exclusive - Rod Blagojevich Extended Interview Pt. 1

Rod explains why he didn't testify at his trial. He gets tongue-tied at points, according to the description. Here's Part 2.

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    Was there a Pt. 3? (none / 0) (#1)
    by CMike on Tue Aug 24, 2010 at 04:53:55 AM EST
    He didn't sound tongue-tied to me at any point during Part 1 or Part 2.

    I didn't make it through the (none / 0) (#4)
    by Jeralyn on Tue Aug 24, 2010 at 12:01:42 PM EST
    long commercials at the beginning of the clips to find out. "Tongue Tied" is how the show's website described it last night.

    From the parts I did see, I think he did well too. He even said he'll take responsibility for the false statement conviction. That's a big concession for him, considering it would mean prison time.


    The false statement conviction. (none / 0) (#5)
    by KeysDan on Tue Aug 24, 2010 at 01:12:06 PM EST
    His statement of "taking responsibility" seemed to be in the context of the other 23 counts.  I did not understand that to be conceding  culpability.  In fact, in other parts of the interview he noted that it occurred five years ago and he feels he has a good chance of overturning it on appeal; he also mentioned that "it was not a false statement"; and he described the circumstances in which there was no court reporter and that he cooperated by volunteering to be interviewed by the agents.

    Not that the government is going to decide on a (none / 0) (#2)
    by steviez314 on Tue Aug 24, 2010 at 05:40:13 AM EST
    re-trial based on him going on Jon Stewart, but wouldn't you advise a client to keep a low profile instead of doing a victory lap?

    I guess Rod doesn't do low profile.

    Rod Blagojevich was (none / 0) (#3)
    by KeysDan on Tue Aug 24, 2010 at 11:31:38 AM EST
    impressive in discharging his public relations objectives in a sparring arena with a skillful interviewer who deploys his comedic mastery like a  friendly stiletto.  Rod came across, to me, as being an affable scoundrel, but whose unorthodox defense, in and out of the courtroom, has caused headaches for Fitzgerald and, so far, has worked for him.

    Different circumstances, of course, but it reminds me a little of the "crazy" behavior of William Ginsburg in representation of Monica Lewinsky in those first months.  While his strategy became shopworn, the unorthodox representation confounded Starr, to the early advantage of his client.