Blagojevich Guilty Today on 17 Counts

Well, it wasn’t quite as exciting as the above courtroom scene from The Untouchables, but today Rod Blagojevich, twice elected governor of the Land of Lincoln, was found guilty on 17 counts in the Federal criminal prosecution brought against him:

  • Count 1-Wire fraud related to Children’s Memorial Hospital-GUILTY
  • Count 2-Wire fraud related to the Senate Seat-GUILTY
  • Count 3-Wire fraud related to the Senate Seat-GUILTY
  • Count 4-Wire fraud related to the Senate Seat-GUILTY
  • Count 5-Wire fraud related to the Senate Seat-GUILTY
  • Count 6-Wire fraud related to the Senate Seat-GUILTY
  • Count 7-Wire fraud related to the Senate Seat-GUILTY
  • Count 8-Wire fraud related to the Senate Seat-GUILTY
  • Count 9-Wire fraud related to the Racing Bill-GUILTY
  • Count 10-Wire fraud related to the Senate Seat-GUILTY
  • Count 11-Attempted extortion related to School Shakedown-NO VERDICT
  • Count 12-Attempted extortion related to Children’s Memorial Hospital-GUILTY
  • Count 13-Bribery related to Children’s Memorial Hospital-GUILTY
  • Count 14-Extortion conspiracy related to Racing Bill-GUILTY
  • Count 15-Bribery conspiracy related to Racing Bill-GUILTY
  • Count 16-Attempted Extortion related to Tollway Shakedown-NO VERDICT
  • Count 17-Bibery related to Tollway Shakedown-NOT GUILTY
  • Count 18-Extortion conspiracy related to the Senate Seat-GUILTY
  • Count 19-Attempted extortion related to the Senate Seat-GUILTY
  • Count 20-Bribery conspiracy related to the Senate Seat-GUILTY

Go here to read the details.  Last year in his first trial Blagojevich was convicted on one felony count.  Soon he will be adding to the list of Illinois governors who have gone to the Federal slammer in the last four decades:  Otto Kerner, Dan Walker and George Ryan.  I am always happy whenever any corrupt politician goes to prison.  However, my happiness is muted because Rod Blagojevich was a stupid, obvious crook.  The people of Illinois had substantial evidence before them that this man was a corrupt politician when he ran for governor the first time, and overwhelming evidence the second time, and on both occasions a majority of the voters of Illinois elected him to the highest office in the State.  Illinois endures sickening political corruption because too many voters are willing to tolerate it, and until that attitude is changed, hard working prosecutors could send a dozen Illinois governors to the Big House and nothing will change.

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