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Ear to the Ground

Blagojevich Guilty 17 Times Over

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Posted on Jun 27, 2011
AP / Kiichiro Sato

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich speaks to the media at Chicago’s Federal Courthouse on Monday.

There might well have been a time when former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich imagined that he was above the law, but his conviction on 17 corruption counts made a strong statement to the contrary Monday. This outcome came as a surprise to Blago himself, evidently.  —KA

Los Angeles Times:

After the verdicts were announced Monday, Blagojevich said he and his wife, Patti, were shocked.

“I frankly am stunned,” he said. “There’s not much left to say other than we want to get home to our little girls and talk to them and explain things to them and then try to sort things out.”

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By tropicgirl, June 29, 2011 at 4:11 pm Link to this comment

I agree.

I don’t know if you can still see the videos online, but you might be interested in Jeraldo Rivera’s take on the first trial (although I do not know if he has recently said anything).

He vehemently denies anything wrong was done. I’m not a fan of Jeraldo, but he is a lawyer and made a great case when I heard it.

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By Joe, June 28, 2011 at 10:06 pm Link to this comment
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I’m still totally unclear on what he did wrong


His job was appointing the temporary senator
He said that this appointment will be valueable in getting his policy passed and that he woul dpick someone who agreed with at least some of his core polcies

Unless I missed it somewhere he didn’t recieve any money or anything like that

Please someone correct me if I’m wrong but it seems to me that he was doing exactly what he was supposed to do.

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By Leefeller, June 28, 2011 at 9:20 pm Link to this comment

John Stewart had a great comedy bit on Blagojevich, evidently it sounds like the state of Illinois should just move their state capital into the state penitentiary.

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By rbrooks, June 28, 2011 at 10:27 am Link to this comment
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Oh, I feel so much safer now. What do we say about “our” president, who is so eager to let the world know HE is above the law?

Being above the law is okay if you’re working for Wall Street and the war industry - if you’re just out there trying to score a dirty buck for yourself, jail for you.

Nothing ever changes.

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By tropicgirl, June 28, 2011 at 10:12 am Link to this comment

Blago is no more guilty of this than any politician. Just pick one.

So for those who forgot how things go, let me take a moment to ‘splain it to you. It is so simple even a preschooler can get it:

1) Our government has been taken over by the mob. They control the justice system as well, especially a case like this, where the outcome matters.

2) Anyone in government, or anyone who has contact with our mob-state, is encouraged to partake in the graft or corruption of choice.

3) When they have a reason not to like you anymore, they will selectively apply the “laws” to you, and your children, your grandmother and your pets.

4) Sometimes they will just blackmail you, especially if you are gay, which is one reason they deny gay equality. Self serving, thats all.

By the way, this works on an international level as well. Ghadaffi is not guilty of killing civilians, the U.S. is, for ten weeks now. And there has been a warrant out for Henry Kissinger for years for being a war criminal. Selectively applied.

Keep turning your back on our Constitution and this is what you get. So perhaps now is the time people need to grow up and stop being belching mouthpieces for this totally corrupt system.

And I agree Blago should have sung like a canary. I wish he would.

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By grumpynyker, June 28, 2011 at 7:28 am Link to this comment
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Blagojevich should’ve squealed like a stepchild and exposed Barack Soetero/Rahm Emmanuel corrupt dealings with the Chicago Knesset.  Darn.

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By THX 1133 is not in the movie..., June 28, 2011 at 2:59 am Link to this comment

Run-away mouth, run-away ego, run-away ethics; this guy
won’t do well in prison, but that’s where he’s going…

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By reynolds, June 27, 2011 at 8:30 pm Link to this comment

his appearance on ‘the apprentice’ constitutes
aggravated circumstances.

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