Tinley Park juror: Blago ‘really cheated the people of Illinois’
BY STEVE METSCH firstname.lastname@example.org June 28, 2011 2:04PM
Karen Wojcieszak, of Tinley Park, talks about her experience on the Blagojevich corruption trial jury outside her home in Tinley Park, Illinois, Tuesday, June, 28, 2011. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun-Times Media
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A key moment in the second trial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich on corruption charges was when a prosecuting attorney looked at him and asked if he was “a convicted liar,” a juror said Tuesday.
Karen Wojcieszak, 64, of Tinley Park, who was on the jury of 11 women and one man, said the comment, referring to Blagojevich being convicted last summer at his first trial of lying to the FBI, made jurors sit up and take notice.
“We had heard seven days of Mr. Blagojevich’s ‘blah, blah, blah,’ ” Wojcieszak said. “I don’t care if he grew up poor on the North Side of immigrant parents. We’re all immigrants unless you’re a Native American.”
Wojcieszak said she is mad at Blagojevich.
“He really cheated the people of Illinois, or tried to. He took an oath to do what was best for the people of Illinois and he didn’t do it. So we’ll have another governor in jail,” she said.
On its 10th day of deliberations in the second trial, the jury convicted Blagojevich on 17 of 20 counts. He was convicted on every count having to do with the sale of President Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat as well as on charges he shook down the CEO of a children’s hospital and an Illinois racetrack executive.
When Wojcieszak returned Monday night to the brown brick bi-level home she shares with Gene, her husband of 42 years, she watched some TV and went to bed early.
She didn’t recall what programs she saw, but said she did not watch any courtroom dramas. After two months at the Blagojevich trial, she’d had her fill.