Blagjojevich Jury Still Out--Two Weeks Later; NY Company and Owner Indicted in GA for Purchasing Stolen Baby Formula, Razors

As most of the nation is aware, the jury continues to deliberate in the corruption trial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and his brother, Robert. As noted on the Chicago Tribune's Blagojevich on Trial blog,  on Friday the jury informed U.S. District Judge James Zagel that it had reached a verdict on only two counts. The jury has not begun deliberations on 11 wire fraud counts against Blagojevich. It began its deliberations in the case over two weeks ago, on July 28.

In Georgia federal criminal news, Brooklyn Tobacco Wholesalers, Inc., a New York corporation, and its owner Tony Tavares, were indicted last week in the Northern District of Georgia on one count of conspiracy and 15 counts of interstate transportation of stolen property, according to a press release for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia. The company and Tavares are alleged to have knowingly purchased stolen baby formula and razors from professional shoplifters, known as "boosters," at two Atlanta businesses.


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