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Blagojevich convicted on 17 of 20 counts


Finally, a situation where "unexpected" actually applies:

Stunned and nearly speechless after hearing the verdicts against him, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will wake up Tuesday to the stark reality that he is likely headed to federal prison within months, leaving behind his wife, two young daughters and comfortable home in a leafy Chicago neighborhood.

A jury convicted him Monday on 17 charges, including trying to sell or trade President Barack Obama's old Senate seat and attempting to shake down executives for campaign cash. The convictions carry a combined maximum prison sentence of around 300 years, but legal experts say a federal judge is likely to send him away for around a decade, give or take a few years.

An irrepressible Blagojevich had said before the retrial began that he refused to even contemplate the prospect of prison. But red-eyed, his face drawn and frowning, he hurried out of the courthouse after the verdict was read.

... If he does end up in prison, Blagojevich would follow a path well-trodden by Illinois governors, including Blagojevich's predecessor, former Republican Gov. George Ryan -- now serving 6½ years in a federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind.

In Illinois's book of political infamy, though, Blagojevich's chapter may go down as the most ignominious because of the allegations he effectively tried to hock an appointment to Obama's Senate seat for campaign cash or a job.

Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.  It's worth noting that Blago was found guilty on every charge related to the sale of President Obama's vacated senate seat.  Does this mean that the people of Chicago have had enough of the corrupt Democratic party political machine that has run their city for decades?  We can only hope so -- and at the same time hope that the arm of the Chicago machine currently running the White House is headed for the same fate next year.



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Na na na na. Na na na na, ... (Below threshold)
kevino:

Na na na na. Na na na na, hey hey, goodbye.

Q: What do you call a Chicago politician going to prison?
A: A good start.

No it doesn't, we elected h... (Below threshold)
Pretzel_Logic:

No it doesn't, we elected his Lieutenant Governor.

Blogo knows too much. If h... (Below threshold)
arcman Author Profile Page:

Blogo knows too much. If he goes to prison it's a death sentence. If I were him, and thankfully I'm not that stupid, I would make sure the story gets out.

And incredibly enough, Obam... (Below threshold)
Hank:

And incredibly enough, Obama, who's political career started in and came from Chicago is somehow immune from this corruption.

As for Blago....wait til they shave his head when he's processed.

He'll get five years and be... (Below threshold)
Chico:

He'll get five years and be back on talk radio in Chicago after that.

Does this mean that the ... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Does this mean that the people of Chicago have had enough of the corrupt Democratic party political machine

Absolutely not. As Pretzel_logic noted they elected his Lieutenant Governor in his place and the dems are now raising taxes and driving all industry out of the state. It's so bad the two options exchanges in Chicago are looking to leave the city.

Emanuel replaced Daley and it's just more of the same. The same leftist policies making the city a cesspool of violence and crime.

Illinois is going nowhere, except maybe bankruptcy if we are lucky.

HankThey will only... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Hank

They will only have to cut 2 or 3 hairs and he will be bald. The rest is wraparound.

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Personally I am betting he wont spend more than 6 months in jail.

"Does this mean that the... (Below threshold)
Art W:

"Does this mean that the people of Chicago have had enough of the corrupt Democratic party political machine that has run their city for decades?"

I love it when Michael doesn't even read what he posts -- which is often.

Basic civic lesson 101 -- Blagojevich is governor and has nothing to do with "running Chicago" you dweeb. Chicago isn't even the state capital.

And here's a little meme-buster you overlooked, Buster.

... If he does end up in prison, Blagojevich would follow a path well-trodden by Illinois governors, including Blagojevich's predecessor, former Republican Gov. George Ryan -- now serving 6½ years in a federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind.

Ryan's Song?

The corruption scandal that led to Ryan's downfall began over a decade earlier as a federal investigation into a deadly crash in Wisconsin that killed six children of Rev. Duane "Scott" Willis and his wife, Janet. The investigation revealed a scheme inside Ryan's secretary of state's office in which unqualified truck drivers obtained licenses through bribes. As the AP wrote: "The probe expanded over the next eight years into a wide-ranging corruption investigation that eventually reached Ryan in the governor's office."

In March 2003, Scott Fawell, Ryan's former chief of staff and campaign manager, was convicted along with Ryan's campaign fund on federal charges of racketeering and fraud. Former deputy campaign manager Richard Juliano pled guilty to related charges and testified against Fawell at trial. The investigation finally reached the former governor, and in December 2003, Ryan and lobbyist Lawrence Warner were named in a 22-count federal indictment. The charges included racketeering, bribery, extortion, money laundering and tax fraud. The indictment alleged that Ryan steered several state contracts to Warner and other friends; disbursed campaign funds to relatives and to pay personal expenses; and obstructed justice by attempting to end the state investigation of the license-for-bribes scandal. He was charged with lying to investigators and accepting cash, gifts and loans in return for his official actions as governor. In late 2005, the case went to trial.

Yeah -- it's a DEM thing. What an idiot.

Hey Art..Blago was a Chicag... (Below threshold)
Pretzel_Logic:

Hey Art..Blago was a Chicago area congressman. The arrogant jerk rarely even went to Springfield. His Chicago ties and obviously his way of doing his job is very relevant to the new mayor, the President, his top adviser Valarie Jarrett, Jesse Jackson Jr., Barry's Real Estate buddy Tony Rezko, et al. Imagine if this was 2003 and this much scum was coming out of Austin and Dallas? You guys wouldn't be able to get a good nights sleep you'd be so excited.

Amazing how the writer obvi... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Amazing how the writer obviously went to lengths to get the word "Republican" in the article while scrupulously avoiding the word "Democrat."

"Amazing how the writer ... (Below threshold)
Art W:

"Amazing how the writer obviously went to lengths to get the word "Republican" in the article while scrupulously avoiding the word "Democrat."

The mentally ill seem easily amused by misdirection.

Paragraphs 4 and 5 of the article, left out by LaPrarie:

The broke and impeached ex-governor told reporters that he and his wife, Patti, "have to get home to our little girls and talk to them and explain things to them and then try to sort things out." His two daughters are 8 and 14.

Uncharacteristically, the 54-year-old Democrat had little more to say, adding only that he was stunned by the verdict.

Amazing how some people never bother to click on the link and read the article themselves... but just go ahead and spew BS.

Well Art it seems that the ... (Below threshold)
Stan:

Well Art it seems that the DeomcRAT part was buried down in the last graph. If it had been a Republican, that would have been the headline and the first word of the lede sentence.

Art W, it sounds like you a... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Art W, it sounds like you are unhappy here. Maybe Thor can help you with that.

Chicago is the defacto nexus or everything in Illinois no matter what our mentally challenged friend art w says. Chicago was bought for Kennedy. Daley beat the hell out of protesters. It is a corrupt democrat machine and is to this day. ww

Chicago, Cook County and Il... (Below threshold)
CZ:

Chicago, Cook County and Illinois will never, ever change. The democrat/union complex is too powerful.

While Blago made national news there are many past aldermen, county officials and connected thugs like Rezko who have been convicted in the past. They just didn't make national news.

As is with organized criminals, union pension fund skimmers and drug dealers, the rewards for political corruption far outweigh the risk of getting caught.

Someone else is always ready and waiting to take their place.

Alexi Gianoulias was one waiting in line but surprisingly, he lost his bid for the US Senate to RINO Mark Kirk.

Since 1960 there have been ... (Below threshold)
Eric:

Since 1960 there have been 9 Illinois governors, not counting the incumbent whose term isn't over.

5 of the 9 were Republican, 55%
4 of the 9 were Democrats, 45%

If both parties are equally corrupt then we should expect a breakdown of those convicted governors to follow party distribution of 55%(R) vs. 45%(D).

However,
1/5 or 20% of the Republican Governors were convicted.
3/4 or 75% of the Democratic Governors were convicted.

This means that there is a 75% probability that a present day Democrat Governor in Illinois will be convicted of corruption and a 20% probability that a Republican Governor will be convicted.

So yes ArtW I would say that it is probably a Dem thing.

"Well Art it seems that ... (Below threshold)
Art W:

"Well Art it seems that the DeomcRAT part was buried down in the last graph. If it had been a Republican, that would have been the headline and the first word of the lede sentence."

The word "democrat" appears in paragraph 5. The word "republican" appears in paragraph 8.

Democrat politician convict... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

Democrat politician convicted?

I sense a disturbance in The Force.

Democrat politicia... (Below threshold)
Stan:
Democrat politician convicted?

I sense a disturbance in The Force.

Too bad that Barry is not sitting on the opposite side of the squad car on his way to Joliet.

"The word "democrat" appear... (Below threshold)
Sep14:

"The word "democrat" appears in paragraph 5. The word "republican" appears in paragraph 8."


Wart can be so nuanced when he's on the kook aid.

Art W:You do reali... (Below threshold)
cirby:

Art W:

You do realize that Chicago and its metro area account for 3/4 of the population of Illinois, right? So that claim about the dirty Chicago political machine having nothing to do with Blago is naive at best...

If Blago were black he wou... (Below threshold)
Sep14:

If Blago were black he would probably be sitting in the White House right about now.

Its the Chicago way.

.... Does this mean that th... (Below threshold)

.... Does this mean that the people of Chicago have had enough of the corrupt Democratic Party political machine that has run their city for decades ...?

Now don't you be holding your breath while waiting for that fine fairy tale to come true.




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