Blagojevich Juror Teaches Students

One of the 12 people responsible for former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s conviction of corruption is using her experience to teach students. Local resident Connie Wilson spent two months as the foreperson on the Blagojevich trial. She recently visited Metea Valley High School to talk about her role with students.

“Lawyers were standing up objecting and he says ‘oh just sit down. I’m going to answer this one.’ That was one of the instances where he actually perjured himself because the day before, he had said something else,” said Wilson.

Wilson talked about the jury duty selection process, how she came to be the foreperson and what evidence lead the jurors to their verdict.

“She definitely got to dive right into our government and be a part of something that actually just made history,” said MVHS senior Jillian Sellers.

“I felt like it was one of the opportunities you’re really lucky to have when you’re in high school and it benefits your experience if you go into like a field relating to this,” said MVHS senior Timothy Cook.

Wilson also urged students to vote once they turn 18, emphasizing that it’s ultimately the people’s responsibility to choose our elected officials.

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