(Chicago, IL) — June 10, 2010. Rod Blagojevich‘s sister-in-law, State Rep. Deb Mell (D-Chicago), yesterday challenged Crain’s political reporter Greg Hinz’s reporting on the ex-governor’s corruption trial, posting a complaint on her Facebook page.
“I didn’t see you in court Greg and I am sure Rod didn’t call you and tell you that. RT @GregHinz: Blagojevich has a bad day in court,” Mell wrote.
It’s unclear which passage of Hinz’s column to which Mell objected, though. Perhaps, she found the entire column objectionable. Understandably, it’s personal for her.
Even before Judge James Zagel told him he couldn’t tweet from the courtroom, the first real day of Rod Blagojevich‘s federal corruption trial did not go well for the former governor.
G-Rod will survive without Twitter. After all, the judge didn’t do anything to keep him from yapping to the TV cameras, so Mr. Blagojevich still will get his fix.
But though his defense lawyers did throw an interesting curve ball into the proceedings, I think Team Blagojevich will have a harder time deflecting a key element that prosecutors finally produced for the jury: a believable motive to explain his alleged chicanery.