Wednesday, June 30, 2010

What Is This About?

Judge halts questioning on Obama

Sheldon Sorosky, one of Rod Blagojevich’s lawyers, has been trying to drag President Barack Obama into the fray this afternoon, asking union official Tom Balanoff whether the FBI asked him about campaign money going to Obama.

Prosecutors objected, as they have so often during cross-examinations, and U.S. District Judge James Zagel said Sorosky should only ask in general what the FBI had said to Balanoff.

Sorosky tried the question again, using Zagel’s recommended wording. “I know that won’t be objected to,” Sorosky said, causing the nearby Blagojevich to laugh.

But Balanoff didn’t get to give an answer, and Zagel wouldn’t let the line of questioning go on after a private sidebar discussion among the lawyers.


Why is it that this judge has blocked any and all mention of involvement by Obama in this case?

10 comments:

Brooke said...

Why? Because Obama is sacred and cannot be touched, of course.

The left doesn't care how egregious and obvious they are. They don't care who Obama throws under the bus; they will protect him at all costs.

Mustang said...

C H I C A G O.

Thank you for this opportunity to help further your understanding of our political and judicial system.

GM Roper said...

In Chicago, when you are bought, you stay bought!

Obama will never get into the trial if the fed prosecutor has anything to say about it.

Z said...

I'm speechless...the power of obama and his handlers is so far reaching and secretive and scary.

Karen Howes said...

Not at all surprising, Chuck. When Bag-of-sh*t got nailed, I was waiting to see how long it would take for this to involve Zero.

The judge-- surprise!-- is covering him.

cube said...

It is Chicago style politics. You buy the services you need and this judge is on the payroll.

gramma2many said...

Could be that he has been strong armed? Or even more possible, he is in the same camp.

Chuck said...

Brooke, I agree although the NYT ran a negative article about him

http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2010/06/crew-calls-for-house-investigation-into-obama-staffers-use-of-personal-email-meetings-with-lobbyists.html

Mustang, "political and justice system" - there's a difference?

GM, give them credit for the integrity of honoring their bribes

Z, exactly

Karen, we need to retake Congress and start pulling back the covers

Cube, agreed

Gramma, maybe a higher calling in his future?

MathewK said...

Perhaps he's angling for a supreme court nomination. :)

LASunsett said...

What do you suppose that someone was threatened?

As Mr. Roper implies, Chicago politics is, within itself, a mafia-like entity. Once you are in, you cannot leave or you will be intimidated into staying.

And when you have a CIC with all of the Chicago ties with unabated access to federal government resources, there is nowhere you can hide.