After covering the Jussie Smollett case for nearly two years for The New York Times, I had to turn down reporting from the actor’s trial in Chicago recently on charges that he faked a racist, homophobic attack in 2019. I had another assignment that week so couldn’t commit to being in court every day of
Still no word on the Blagojevich trial. Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich still sits in limbo as the jury decides his fate on corruption charges and the media still has stories to write about the case. It may have quieted somewhat, but those on the beat must find something to write about every day.
As the summer started it was hard for me not to look just a little bit forward to the Rod Blagojevich trial. It promised so much, a state governor on a corruption trial, the promise of airing dirty political laundry and even the possibility of the political stench reaching the hall of the White House.