Blagojevich Case Study

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Introduction The case of Blagojevich versus the United States involves Blagojevich being accused of a conspiracy to choose Barack Obama’s choice for senate seat in exchange for a job, giving the seat to Jesse Jackson Jr. in exchange for campaign contributions, trying to extort money from campaign contributions from Patrick Magoon who was the President of
Children’s Memorial Hospital, and trying to extort money from campaign contributions from John Johnston, who was a horseracing executive.

I. Elements of the crime There was allegedly a conspiracy involving Rod Blagojevich committing fraud, bribery and extortion by trying to exchange the Senate seat for a job. He tried to make a political deal with Barack Obama. This deal involved appointing who Obama wanted for the Senate seat, Valerie Jarrett, and if this was done, Blagojevich would, in exchange, get a job provided by Barack Obama, whether it be public service job or for the Obama Administration. In order to be able to prove that Blagojevich had committed fraud, they had to prove that he was able to attain wealth or property by making false promises to people. In other words, he had to deceive people and make personal gain from it. Another charge Blagojevich received involved Blagojevich giving the senate seat to Jesse Jackson Jr. in exchange
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Blagojevich is also charged with conspiracy to give the senate seat to Jesse Jackson Jr. in exchange for campaign contributions by Raghu Nayak. Blagojevich is also charged with attempting to extort campaign contributions from Patrick Magoon, who was the President of Children’s Memorial Hospital, by not making the rate increase that Magoon was lobbying for final. Blagojevich is also charged with attempting to extort campaign contributions from John Johnston, who was a horseracing executive, by delaying the signing of the recapture

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