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Blagojevich
wn.com

America’s Next Top Douche Bag

Only 24 hours after pleading not guilty to racketeering and fraud charges on Tuesday, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has accepted a reality television deal to be one of 10 contestants competing in “I’m a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!” As if his hair was destined for anything but television stardom?

Posted on Apr 15, 2009 READ MORE


George Ryan
tomroeser.com

Former Illinois Governor Is Denied Appeal, Stays in Prison

The fraud and racketeering case against former Illinois Gov. George Ryan has come to an end after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his final request to appeal his 2006 conviction. With no other move to make, Ryan, who has been incarcerated since late 2007, will likely seek a commutation of his six-year sentence from President Bush.

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE


‘D.C. Madam’ Left Suicide Notes

Deborah Jean Palfrey, whose Washington, D.C.-based call-girl ring earned her notoriety and the nickname the “D.C. Madam,” left two suicide notes behind when she (apparently) hanged herself last Thursday behind her mother’s Florida home.

Posted on May 5, 2008 READ MORE


Jefferson Insists He’s Innocent

Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson, a Democrat, flatly denied bribery charges accusing him of attempting, through various means, to illegally drum up over $500,000 from African business deals.  Jefferson declared Friday that he will fight to save his reputation, already besmirched by the mysterious $90,000 in cash found stuffed in a freezer during a 2005 raid on his Washington, D.C. home.

Posted on Jun 8, 2007 READ MORE


Court Sides With Abortion Protesters

The Supreme Court ruling had nothing to do with the underlying issue of abortion. Rather, the court ruled that federal extortion and racketeering laws cannot be used to ban demonstrations. (Alito, by the way, sat this one out.)

Posted on Feb 28, 2006 READ MORE


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