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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Blagojevich impeached

On Thursday, January 8, 2009, the Special Investigative Committee completed its mission.

On Friday morning, the Illinois Houses of Representatives voted 114 to 1 with 1 voting present to impeach the governor. Next it goes to the Senate.

Also on Friday, the Illinois Supreme Court upheld Secretary of State Jesse White's assertion that he does not have to sign Roland Burris's credentials. So, it's up to the U.S. Senate whether or not to let Roland Burris in the door.

Here's a summary of the 13 impeachable offenses.

On Friday afternoon, Blagojevich held a press conference. If by some oddity you'd just dropped onto the planet when he was talking, you might think he'd done nothing to be impeached for.

Following up on a previous concern, the SJ-R's Dave Bakke spent the night in the governor's mansion and came back with a different opinion than the governor's attorney. (I'd like to imagine Dave flinging himself upon the Lincoln bed from across the room, because that's what I'd do.)

Eric Zorn dug up some old quotes from the governor, including this one upon his first win for the governor's office: "Thank you! Holy cow! OK. I'm all shook up! I've got a hunka hunka burning love for each one of you. Tonight, Illinois has voted for change."

Also on Thursday, Blagojevich's lawyers filed a Motion in federal court to have U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald thrown off the case for his public remarks at the post-arrest press conference.

One trial court legend thinks the prosecutor has removed the presumption of innocence by his remarks and takes it upon himself to publicly chastise Fitzgerald.

Oh, and at some point, Illinois is going to have to move forward again. The sooner, the better. The financial condition of this state is a wreck. Plus, this stuff is exhausting.

Posted by Marie at January 11, 2009 2:15 PM


Belatedly: Oh, poor poor Rod, with that mean old prosecutor removing the presumption of innocence. The gov's lawyers might want to review police and prosecutors and their statements down through the ages: they nearly *always* act as if an arrest and charge were tantamount to guilt. In a sense, that's their job: to say "gotcha, you ne'er-do-well," and then prove it. That presumption of innocence exists only within the walls of the courtroom; it can't be legislated or enforced elsewhere.

Of course, what the attorneys are really complaining about is the media, who have nearly always taken what the police and prosecutors say and treated it as fact. Reporters and their editors should know better, should proceed with much more caution and thought, and hardly ever do.

Posted by: Dan at January 16, 2009 9:51 AM

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