Blago Goes Down

Enjoy prison, asshole:

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was found guilty Monday of 17 out of 20 federal corruption charges — including all charges tied to allegations that the Chicago Democrat tried to trade an appointment to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama.

That’s two convicted governors in a row. Another one and Illinois wins the coveted “How the Fuck Do You Guys Screen Your Governors” Award.

Of the counts, 11 of them involved the alleged sale of Obama’s vacated Senate seat — nine wire fraud counts, as well as conspiracy to commit extortion, attempted extortion and conspiracy to solicit a bribe. Prosecutors broke down the case into five alleged shakedown schemes, including regarding the Senate seat and charged that he held up official acts on the Illinois Tollway, horse-racing legislation, a school grant and on Children’s Memorial Hospital while demanding campaign contributions.

The jury’s decision in this trial came after Blagojevich made his biggest legal gambit, deciding to take the witness stand in his own defense. Blagojevich did not testify during his first trial.

Not surprisingly, to those of us who have followed the smug asshole’s career, he didn’t do himself any favors there. His testimony apparently was the turning point for the jury.

I don’t know if Aaron still reads us, but he’s got to be dancing over this. One of the most corrupt governors in America has finally gotten justice.

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  1. InsipiD

    As soon as someone actually decides to prosecute a Chicago Daley, I might think that Illinois has turned the corner. Obama has been following typical Chicago tricks, though.

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  2. AlexInCT

    Enjoy prison, asshole:

    With all due respect Hal, I think Blago is being thrown under the bus to protect the Chicago machine, and that’s being done because he got to uppity for their likes. Don’t get me wrong, he needs to go to jail for what he did, but he didn’t do this alone or in a vacuum. This has been how things were and will continue to be done in Chicago and we should not kid ourselves about that. The Chicago machine is likely hoping that with Blago gone, they can get back to doing more of the same without so many unfriendly people that might not just keep mum for them like the LSM does for them, scrutinizing us.

    Let the “Pound me in the ass, federal prison” jokes fly.

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  3. InsipiD

    Let the “Pound me in the ass, federal prison” jokes fly.

    Hal’s “Blago Goes Down” was better than anything I got.

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  4. Rann

    Well that should be fun to bring up during the elections. “Yeah, your state’s Governor is in jail for trying to sell your senate seat. How closely were you involved with that, again…?”

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  5. West Virginia Rebel

    Blago was a product of his environment. Obama was probably more than happy to see him tossed under the bus. The Chicago machine doesn’t want anything or anyone else gumming up the works as they prepare to help the One in his reelection campaign.

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