May 9, 2011
The Associated Press reported on the second trial of Rod Blagojevich. Defense attorneys cross-examined the government's witness, John Harris, the former Illinois governor's chief of staff. The AP article quoted the chair of Kelley Drye's white-collar crime and investigations practice group, Julian Solotorovsky.
"'You and your boss were just running your mouths, right? You spent a lot of time with him, and you know he has a tendency to do that, right?' said Julian Solotorovsky, a former federal prosecutor in Chicago. 'If I were them, that'd be what I'd ask Harris.'
Mr. Solotorovsky also commented on defense's efforts to find inconsistencies in Harris' testimony, comparing the first and second trials. "'That's a pitfall of having the same witness on twice,' said Solotorovsky. 'They might not tell the same story twice.'"
Mr. Blagojevich is accused of trying to sell President Barack Obama's U.S. Senate seat, which became open when Mr. Obama became a presidential candidate.