Impeached former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was arrested in December on charges of conspiracy and fraud, was indicted Thursday on. Second superseding indictment against Rod Blagojevich, et al. Final 2d Superseding Indict. Copyright © , Chicago Tribune. A federal indictment alleges Rod Blagojevich tried to block money for sick children and students unless he got big political contributions.
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Former Illinois Governor Blagojevich indicted
While he campaigned on a promise to clean up after the scandals of the previous governor, Blagojevich and a handful of political pals already were blagojdvich to line their pockets and split the money after Blagojevich left office, according to a count indictment.
If true, the allegations show Blagojevich blew past the actions blagojevichh put ex-Gov. George Ryan in prison and took corruption to new levels in Illinois. Ryan steered government money to friends who gave him gifts and vacations. Blagojevich tried to block money for sick indixtment and students unless he got big political contributions, the indictment says.
Lots of corruption convictions Blagojevich, 52, was arrested in December on a host of charges, including the allegation he schemed to auction off the appointment to Barack Obama’s U.
Second superseding indictment against Rod Blagojevich, et al – Chicago Tribune
He was impeached and booted out of office in January, a first in the long history of Illinois corruption. By one count, Illinois has seen 1, public-corruption convictions since Five former Illinois governors have been prosecuted during the past 44 years.
Blagojevich, a Chicago Democrat, flatly denies the allegations, insisting he always behaved ethically and did his best to inductment government corruption. I now will fight in the courts to clear my name,” Blagojevich said in a statement Thursday after prosecutors released the indictment that named him, his brother and four other aides and political allies.
Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald says he has Blagojevich on tape discussing the criminal activity in secretly recorded telephone conversations.
Comparing Ryan, Blagojevich The page indictment outlines sharp differences between the Ryan and Blagojevich cases. In trying Ryan, prosecutors struggled to present jurors with examples of cash payoffs directly to the Republican governor.
Such allegations are all over Blagojevich’s case. According to the indictment, Blagojevich and his former chief of staff, Alonzo Monk, agreed to hand huge power to fixer Tony Rezko to name members of powerful boards and commissions.
Blagojevich also allegedly ordered co-defendant John Harris, another chief of staff, to shut off state business for two financial institutions that did not respond satisfactorily to his demands for a well-paying job for his wife. In the Blagojevich indictment it’s all over the place.
This isn’t the kind of prosecution where you have to connect the dots. Trying to pre-empt a circus In framing the Blagojevich indictment, prosecutors engaged in a technical maneuver that effectively sent the case to a judge known for his skill in keeping order in the lndictment and preventing trials from turning into circuses. He appeared on nearly every talk show and news blagojevixh in the country to proclaim his innocence and declare himself the victim of a conspiracy by his political enemies.
He signed a book deal boagojevich hosted a Chicago talk-radio show. He held a news conference with sick people and claimed he was being persecuted because he had championed health care programs to help them.
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Some of the action in Ryan’s trial took place outside the courtroom. Ryan exploded on television blagokevich one of the witnesses — former Texas Sen. Phil Gramm — and his wife went on TV in what prosecutors saw as a play for sympathy. Ryan also spotlighted his stand against the death penalty.
Collins, who headed the government team that sent Ryan to prison, urges the current team of prosecutors not to let Blagojevich distract them with similar tactics. Demanding honest government New Gov.
Pat Quinn and Illinois lawmakers are studying ways to clean up the state’s “culture of corruption,” but the Blagojevich allegations highlight the difficulty of stopping someone bent on misconduct. Doug Alexander, who owns a book store in Quincy, said he doubts anything will change in Illinois until voters make it clear they demand honest government. Copyright The Associated Press. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Blagojevich blew past Ryan corruption Indictment alleges scheming began before he took office as governor Below: A federal indictmnet alleges Rod Blagojevich tried to block money for sick children and students unless he got big political contributions.
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