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First Blagojevich, Next Burris?

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Posted on Feb 20, 2009
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Next on the block?: Sen. Roland Burris

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich didn’t go down without a big fight (or a full-on media assault), and judging by the comportment of his controversial Senate pick, Roland Burris, we can expect another show of defiance if Burris is put on trial for perjury.

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CHICAGO—With the impeachment of a governor, Illinois has already had more political fireworks this year than it has seen in decades. Could the perjury trial of a U.S. senator be next?

Sen. Roland Burris could face that charge if he lied under oath on Jan. 8 when he didn’t fully disclose contacts he had with Gov. Rod Blagojevich or his advisers before he was appointed to President Obama’s former Senate seat, legal experts say.

But as the clamor escalated this past week, those experts say perjury is a tricky and hard-to-prove charge and not enough is known at this point to say whether a full-fledged investigation is warranted—let alone an indictment.

“Those who say this is a slam-dunk perjury case are wrong,” said Patrick M. Collins, who headed the team of federal prosecutors that sent former Gov. George Ryan to prison. “Those who say this is not a perjury case are premature.”

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By ApprxAm, February 21, 2009 at 1:07 pm Link to this comment

Yeah, Tom65, but that requires an expectation of reality and this guy ain’t gettin’ it.  Listening to this cat is disturbing and I"m afraid that he’s going to have to be impeached because he;s too stupid to realize that he is, and has been a target ever since Blog-Hair-Boy-Itch set his ass up to screw over the Democrats in Illinois.

The only man/woman to gain anything out of this will be the next Republican elected U.S. Senator from the state of Illinois.

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By Dan D., February 21, 2009 at 11:29 am Link to this comment
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Is this Blagojevich 2.0?  Senator Roland Burris deliberately misled us in regard to his involvement with Blagojevich and like Blagojevich refused to acknowledge what he had done wrong when he was caught.

Why did both Blagojevich and Burris think that they could get away with their deceptions and lies? Why the brazen effort to try and retain their positions of power?

What does this do to the confidence of voters in the political system and the government to see such open and unashamed attempts to gain personal advantage from public service?

Dan Decker

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By Tom65, February 21, 2009 at 2:16 am Link to this comment

Yeah, I think he should probably just resign and get out of the way. He’s not doing anybody any good hanging around and acting like a dimwit.

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By ApprxAm, February 21, 2009 at 1:14 am Link to this comment

You know, this man hasn’t uttered an intelligent statement since his appointment and I very much fear that he’s never had an original thought in his head.

Bobby Rush should be ashamed of himself; though I fear he isn’t.  We’ve gotten rid of the Kilpatricks, Jameses, Barrys, and finally the Jacksons, Sharptons and other moldy black elite failures.  We’ve elected well spoken and highly regarded Afro-American politicians like Cory Booker, Adrian Fenty, Deval Patrick as well as President Obama.  Mr Burris is a party to the former and must be removed, for we are progressing toward our current path of accountable black leadership in spite of this man’s buffoonery.

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