Tag: Rod Blagojevich corruption charges

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.