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A Dog and Pony show is about begin in a Chicago courtroom

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posted on Jun, 1 2010 @ 11:22 AM
Today is June 1st and in a matter of a few days former flamboyant Illinois Governor, Rod Blagojevich, is going to have his day in court and find himself in the hot seat. There are going to be some fireworks with this legal proceeding, especially, when it involves the most powerful politician in the country, President Barack Obama. Barack Obama has been linked to the case because it was his former Senate seat that became a high priced commodity, and actively sought after like flies on excrement by seedy politicians in the State of Illinois.

Blagojevich's problems had begun years before he was eventually indicted for allegedly trying to sell Barack Obama's Senate seat. He had been on Federal Prosecutor, Patrick Fitzgerald's, radar for quite some time on corruption allegations.

Rod Blagojevich corruption charges

Blagojevich had been under investigation for corrupt activity for several years, as part of a broader federal investigation by Fitzgerald, code-named Operation Board Games, that had been going on for three years. To date, 15 people have been charged in connection with the investigation. Blagojevich had long been suspected to be a target of the investigation, but it was confirmed by U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve that he was the "Public Official A" referred to in the federal indictment of Tony Rezko. Just before the 2008 United States general elections on November 4, 2008, Federal investigators were granted authority to tape Blagojevich's conversations.

Apparently, Blagojevich was aware the heat was on, yet, he was all over place being obnoxious and arrogant about the investigation.

This clip was when he was backing the Republic Windows & Doors workers when Bank of America cut-off credit that would have paid workers their wages after being laid-off. This clip was on December 8, 2008 and Blagojevich was arrested at his home the day after on December 9, 2008.

The former governor was later impeached from his post by the Illinois legislature. He was formally indicted on corruption charges on April 9, 2009. Moreover this tangled web may have even reached his wife Patricia Blagojevich as well? Apparently, she was mentioned quite extensively in the indictment, although she has not been indicted yet?

Since the cloud of controversy has hovered over the former governor's head, he has been all over the place in the media, claiming his innocence, participating on Celebrity Apprentice
, having his wife, Patricia, participate for him on NBC reality show I'm a Celebrity…Get Me out of Here
, gaining a radio show on WLS Chicago, appearing on major news networks and talk shows, and has published a book The Governor.

This media charade by the former governor, is his feeble attempt to sway potential jurors in his favor. He is going out of his way claiming that he is the victim, and was hijacked out of his office as governor by the Illinois Legislature. This media exposure is a PR strategy to paint a rosy and underdog image of the former governor, contrary to the corrupt politician being manufactured by the prosecution.

Then a smoking gun was released by obtaining the redacted portion of a subpoena document for President Barack Obama by the Blagojevich defense team.

Blagojevich Motion: Redacted Material Claims Obama Pushed Valerie Jarrett For Senate, Took Money From Tony Rezko

One bombshell accusation included in a blacked-out portion of the document: that the Obama campaign accepted "a large sum of cash" from convicted felon and government witness Tony Rezko.

The document also alleges that President Obama suggested Valerie Jarrett get his old seat, and that he contacted labor union officials about lobbying the Governor's office on her behalf.

If true, this could contradict the President's statement that he was "confident that no representatives of mine would have any part of any deals related to this seat." Depending on the meaning of the word "deals."

Barack Obama has maintained his stance of not being involved in the Blagojevich Scandal. Moreover, the Federal Judge, James Zagel, refuses to allow President Obama to testify at this time.

Judge won't allow Blago defense to subpoena Obama

The judge overseeing the corruption case against former Gov. Rod Blagojevich has denied a defense motion to issue a subpoena for the testimony of President Barack Obama.

U.S. District Judge James Zagel said he does not believe Obama's testimony would be material to the charges.

Zagel said the defense motion fell "very short" of demonstrating a need to subpoena the president.

After the hearing, defense lawyer Sheldon Sorosky noted Zagel did not fully shut the door on the subpoena.

"The judge did say that he still might allow the president to testify later on should it become necessary," Sorosky said.

So, I don't know about the other political junkies on here, but I know this thing is going to be a geyser of scandal and intrigue. Too many major players are associated with this scandal leading all the way to the Oval Office and the President of the United States. The former governor has vehemently maintained his innocence of the corruptions charges made against him by the Justice Department.

Let the circus and fireworks begin. This trial ought to be one to remember. I shall follow this trial closely, so please check back from time to time for updates.

posted on Jun, 1 2010 @ 11:35 AM
I find it funny that the Potus has not been subpoenaed. Really he had no idea what was going on with his seat? And considering the current drama about Sestak, it seems a trend is being revealed.
Of course with a trial dealing w/politicians the BS will fill the court room.

posted on Jun, 1 2010 @ 12:00 PM
reply to post by hangedman13

Unless I am mistaken, it is a practicable impossibility to subpoena a standing President. (Not that it should be.)

Executive privilege is theirs to use and abuse without oversight or question due to the nature of the job.

posted on Jun, 1 2010 @ 12:17 PM
After all's said and done, Blagojevich(s) get convicted.
BO pardons.

posted on Jun, 1 2010 @ 12:37 PM
Blago is no different then any other politician in Illinois, They all need to be removed.
I don't think they should waste more millions on his trail... just remove him and be done with it. He is FAR from the most dirty politician, that we have, Now we have Pat Quinn, who we didn't vote for, who is worst. Blago was a lousy Governor, but he just played the political game... they all do.

posted on Jun, 1 2010 @ 09:56 PM
Well, at this point, it appears we are getting a glimpse of what is to come when this case goes before Federal Court. Blagojevich has a legal team (Sam Adam Sr. and Sam Adam Jr.) known as being as flamboyant as the governor. Expect fireworks, and a circus like environment in the often conservative Federal Court, at least that is how the legal strategy appears?

Blagojevich defense promises to be anything but bland

The ousted former governor has always displayed a flair for the dramatic, so it is perhaps fitting that the criminal defense for his trial — scheduled to begin Thursday with jury selection — is being orchestrated by two of the most unabashedly colorful and unorthodox characters on the Chicago legal scene.

The father-and-son combo has scripted a defense plan for Blagojevich that flies in the face of convention for handling public corruption cases at federal court. It also plays to the reputation as a street fighter that Blagojevich has tried to hone as a politician, and that the two attorneys, likewise, have developed in the courtroom.

Apparently, the media circus that has been Rod Blagojevich for the past few years is the crust of the defense's strategy.

Blago's Lawyer: "He's a Celebrity Idiot"

Sam Adam Jr., one of the lawyers defending Rod Blagojevich on corruption charges, has a plan for helping his client beat the rap: Let him blather.

"He's a celebrity idiot, but he IS a celebrity,” Adam said. “That has a purpose to it, and the purpose is to get out here and yell, 'I didn't do it.'"

In “Mighty Mouth,” a revealing profile by Bryan Smith in the June issue of Chicago magazine, Adam offers clues to the defense strategy for the ex-governor’s trial, now scheduled to begin in early June. Adam is betting that by letting the public see firsthand that Blagojevich apparently says whatever comes into his head, Adam and his colleagues can argue that the things Blagojevich says on the extensive government tape recordings are little more than his typical claptrap—that the real crooks are those around him. “I think the jury will see that [Blagojevich] surrounded himself with people who would make him feel OK—to feed his need for acceptance,” Adam said.

Now, this approach is usually discouraged, because attorney's usually advise their clients to remain humble and allow them to work the case from behind the scenes.

Blago's Lawyer: "He's a Celebrity Idiot"

The defense approach is unusual, to say the least. “[Adam] is doing things that are absolutely unheard of in a public corruption case,” said the former federal prosecutor Patrick Collins. “The first rule that most lawyers have for their clients is ‘Keep your mouth shut.’ In this case, it’s as if [Blagojevich is] being told to keep his mouth open as much as he can.”

Collins added: “There are people who would say it’s stupid—I think it’s definitely unconventional—but I have little doubt that it’s being done very strategically.”

The former governor's antics will most certainly anger the prosecutors, and will spurn them to work night and day to put a nail in the coffin of the convicted. The former governor is innocent until proven guilty, however, it takes stones to go on and on about the alleged impropriety of the government and prosecution with such vigor and disregard. He is essentially calling them out and ridiculing them, which will only infuriate them and give them an unbreakable resolve to throw everything they have at this trial.

In my humble opinion, and I am no lawyer, but I have always thought what Blagojevich has been doing is playing with fire. However, apparently the charade is part of the defense's strategy? Can we expect a circus at the Dirkson Federal Building in Chicago with elephants, lions, and clowns? Or perhaps, a who's who in Illinois politics, and maybe the guest of honor, our President of the United States, Barack Obama? On a side note, here is a funny but true video about the Blagojevich Trial and a recap of the Rod Blagojevich media roadshow.

[edit on 1-6-2010 by Jakes51]

posted on Jun, 2 2010 @ 09:05 PM
A dark cloud may be descending over the White House? A flamboyant former governor, is going into Federal Court with a scorched earth policy. Former governor, Rod Blagojevich, seems intent on opening the books of the "Chicago Machine," and unraveling the the mystique associated with the Obama Administration. He has been all over the news and talk shows calling out major players about allegations of impropriety, hypocrisy, and their association with his corrupt schemes alleged by Federal Prosecutors. It seems Blagojevich is not going to go quietly into the night and take one for the team? Perhaps, this trial was the reason he (President Obama) took his trip to Chicago for Memorial Day, and ground zero of the scandal that is swirling over his office at present? As stated in the OP, he was not been subpoenaed to testify by Federal Judge, James Zagel, but he has not ruled it out in the future either.

Who knows what private meetings took place in the Windy City between the President and his supporters regarding this case? However, I find that Memorial Day visit very intriguing, and being so close to a corruption trial where his name has been mentioned. quite extensively Many of his cohorts have been allegedly linked to the sale of his Senate seat? Blagojevich is the only formally indicted at this time. Some of the alleged conspirators are very close to the President, which includes, Rahm Emanuel - Chief of Staff, Valerie Jarret - close confidant and Senior Advisor, Emil Jones - former Illinois Senate President and the President's political "Godfather," as he refers to him. Then, there are bunch of congressmen and women allegedly associated with this scheme as well.

There was a trial that took place in Chicago some years back known as Operation Family Secrets. This trial opened the book on the notorious organization known as the Chicago Outfit. Conspiracy has it, they have been allegedly been involved in fixing the election of John F. Kennedy, his assassination, cooperation with the Central Intelligence Agency, using the Teamster's Pension Fund to conduct illicit business enterprises, and a whole myriad of filth.

They practically built and ran Las Vegas for years until the Feds broke up that lucrative venture STARDUST SKIM. The Martin Scorsese film Casino is based off of this, although the character's names are different and some of the the locations. Most notably, they are very violent and ruthless. The trial mentioned above opened the books on the violent world of organized crime in Chicago.

Operation Family Secrets

The investigation led to indictments of 14 defendants affiliated with the Chicago Outfit, which has been one of the most prolific organized crime enterprises in the United States. The most heinous of their crimes investigated were the 18 murders and one attempted murder that took place over the span between the years 1970 and 1986. All of the murders and other crimes being charged to the defendants were allegedly committed to further the Outfit's illegal activities such as loansharking, bookmaking and protecting the enterprise from law enforcement. Operation Family Secrets was a milestone in the FBI's battle against organized crime in the city of Chicago that will have a significant effect on the operations of the Chicago Outfit, but it did not end the Outfit's reign in Chicago.

There has also been allegations of this organized crime organization being in cahoots with Chicago and Illinois politicians. In an interesting coincidence, the same judge who presided over the "Family Secrets Trial," in Federal Court, is James Zagel, and the judge presiding over the Blagojevich trial. So, just as the "Family Secrets," trial opened the books of the Chicago Outfit and their reign on the Underworld. Perhaps, this Blagojevich corruption trial could be referred to by the media as "Secrets of the Machine?"

If President Obama, and his band of merry men from the "City of Wind," aren't concerned about this trial and their alleged link to the "Crime Spree," as Federal Prosecutor, Patrick Fitzgerald, refers to it; they ought to be. Blagojevich was no low-level participant in the "Chicago Machine," but a major player and one of the good ol' boys before the scandal. He had close relationships with everyone mentioned in this case, and all of them are somebodies in the "Chicago Machine." Scandals are swirling, with the alleged inaction regarding the BP Oil Spill Response, "Sestak Scandal,"The Sestak Scandal In A Nutshell, and now the Blagojevich Corruption Trial is set to begin soon. It seems the video below from President Obama's trip to Chicago on Memorial Day could not be more prophetic about what the political landscape may be for the President in the future?

[edit on 2-6-2010 by Jakes51]

posted on Jun, 2 2010 @ 09:19 PM
I wonder if he can be threatened... if it is as bad as some suspect, if he can be threatened, he will be... except they could buy his silence, no doubt.

This is too ugly... the political machinery needs to be 'corrected harshly.'

posted on Jun, 2 2010 @ 09:51 PM
reply to post by hangedman13

Blago's attorneys did request the judge to subpoena Obama, but the judge denied the motion. Just a couple weeks ago, in fact.

Thing is, he would not be able to claim executive priveledge, because he was not president at the time, only president elect, so they knew he would be in trouble if he had to sit in the courtroom and testify.

Without TOTUS, he would have to take the 5th, and then the judge would be compelled to find him in contempt for refusing to testify.

The wheels of the bus go round and round...

And now 3 claims of the same types of scandals, the evidence is mounting that perhaps Blago was not so crazy afterall, and the stink from the WH is real, and tangible.

Judge won't allow Blago defense to subpoena Obama
April 30, 2010 7:28 PM

The judge overseeing the corruption case against former Gov. Rod Blagojevich has denied a defense motion to issue a subpoena for the testimony of President Barack Obama.

U.S. District Judge James Zagel said he does not believe Obama's testimony would be material to the charges.

Zagel said the defense motion fell "very short" of demonstrating a need to subpoena the president.

The defense had said it wanted to question the president about Blagojevich's alleged attempt to sell the U.S. Senate seat left vacant when Obama was elected.

Blagojevich allegedly met with a union official about getting something from the Obama administration in exchange for nominating Obama friend Valerie Jarrett to the seat. The defense seemed to want to explore whether the official was actually representing the Obama camp, which the judge said is immaterial.

"The only material aspect is what the defendant believed," Zagel said, not what the official's role was in reality.

Zagel said the issue could be revisited later in the trial.

After the hearing, defense lawyer Sheldon Sorosky noted Zagel did not fully shut the door on the subpoena.

"The judge did say that he still might allow the president to testify later on should it become necessary," Sorosky said.

It ain't over till the fat lady sings, or, would that be till the POTUS pays off some more people?

posted on Jun, 2 2010 @ 10:10 PM
reply to post by Jakes51

It is plain to see he is being railroaded. I can empathize, it happened to me.

When someone has more money and is in an influential position, things magically happen that benefit them, and they always manage to somehow make the claimant of the improprieties look like an idiot.

I do not blame Blago for talking, he did it to save his own life, you know he has to feel threatened. I know I did.

Trust me, when you are in a position like this, your only choice is to talk. He did, but only some people listened. The others did their best to hang him in a kangaroo public court, and succeeded.

The only difference is, the corruption is so widespread, it is now considered "politics as usual", and crimes are now being accepted as "how things are done".

It has the effect of making Blago look like an idiot. If people had some common sense, they would listen to this man, he is doing everything in his power to expose this corruption. And trust me, as someone who has been there and done that, I can vouch his actions are a desperate cry for someone to act on this.

Being railroaded is not fun. I really hope this case comes out in his favor, simply because I know how it feels to have this done to you.

posted on Jun, 2 2010 @ 10:18 PM
Just a drop in the bucket to add more fuel to the fire:

AP Sources: Admin talked jobs with Romanoff

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration dangled the possibility of a government job for former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff last year in hopes he would forgo a challenge to Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, officials said Wednesday, just days after the White House admitted orchestrating a job offer in the Pennsylvania Senate race.

Too bad in all these other cases, Blago can't bring them in as evidence to support his claims.

But you tell me, how many people that are about to be sitting in that courtroom aren't hearing these claims on the news?

I just hope they aren't koolaid drinkers, or this guy is going to get buried.

posted on Jun, 3 2010 @ 10:03 PM

Just an update, today was first day of Blagojevich Corruption Trial.

Jury Selection Starts, Slowly, in Blagojevich Trial

No doubt many, if not all of the potential jurors are aware of former governor, Rod Blagojevich's legal troubles and have heard about him to some degree on television, radio, and in print. In a larger picture than just a former politician's innocence or guilt, an entire political system known as the "Chicago Machine," may be on display as well?

Politics as Usual: The Chicago Political Machine Invades Washington

. . . a political machine is a disciplined, political organization in which an authoritative boss or small group commands the loyalty of a base of supporters, who receive rewards in exchange for their efforts.

A boss is someone who makes decisions and exercises authority; a party boss is a leader in a political party who controls votes and dictates appointments, and often has a reputation for corruption.

This crooked political system may reach the highest levels of office? Perhaps, some in the highest echelons of power ought to make appointments for a manicure, because I can see a heck of a lot of dirt under those fingernails.

[edit on 3-6-2010 by Jakes51]

posted on Jun, 3 2010 @ 10:27 PM
reply to post by Libertygal

As much as i think he is a scumbag, i kind of agree with you.
Only because I want this rabbit hole exposed!

Hes no angel, and his company isnt either. I also find it BS that people finally decide to become "good" once they are in the hot seat.

However, there is a thing called necessary evil. If he can manage to expose some corruption, I'll forgive him a little. but the point remains, he was a bad guy until it became in his best interest to be a good guy, and that means he hasnt really learned a lesson. He's just looking out for himself, while common everyday folk tend to look out for the greater good to some degree. Maybe thats why good people never seem to get ahead. they care about more than just themselves!

posted on Jun, 8 2010 @ 09:25 PM
Opening remarks have begun in the former governor, Rod Blagojevich, Federal Corruption Trial. Apparently, Defense Attorney, Sam Adam Jr., tore into the charges made by the prosecution like a junkyard dog with an old tire.

Both sides get their say during opening statements in Rod Blagojevich's trial

"This is the biggest political corruption case in the state of Illinois, and perhaps the country, and he's broke?" Adam shouted at one point. "The biggest politician (who is) corrupt in America is broke! . . . You know why? . . . (Because) he didn't take a dime!"

This trial is shaping up to be one for the ages? As nutty and outrageous as the former governor presented himself to America during his media campaign leading up to the trial; it seems the trial is going to be just as quirky, and tabloid reporter's match made in heaven. Perhaps, a trial with thrills and spills, and entertainment akin to a Hollywood comedy?

From what I have read about the first day of the trial, it is going to be a slug-fest by the defense, and a roller-coaster ride for the jurors deciding Blagojevich's fate. Apparently, the defense is painting the image of the former governor as an aloof buffoon, who kept bad company around, and is essentially being thrown under the bus by his former colleagues.

Where as with the prosecution, it seems to be more like a display of precision one would associate with a surgeon, rather than a bare-knuckle back alley brawl as the defense seems to be presenting their arguments. Federal Prosecutor, Carrie Hamilton, seems to be utilizing a cold and calculated approach as she and the prosecution unveil an itemized list of corrupt acts allegedly made by the former governor.

Both sides get their say during opening statements in Rod Blagojevich's trial

. . . Hamilton rattled off a list of allegations in which she said Blagojevich systemically used his official power to attempt personal gain. He was driven, she said, by $200,000 in personal credit debt. His $170,000 salary as governor, she said, "was not enough to cover the increasing debt that he and his wife were accumulating."

Defense attorney: Blagojevich 'didn't take a dime'

. . . a federal prosecutor told jurors that Blagojevich conducted "a series of illegal shakedowns" in which entities that got state funding would also contribute to his campaign. He allegedly lied to the FBI when questioned about his fundraising activities.

And when Obama was elected — an event that empowered the governor to appoint Obama's successor in the Senate — Blagojevich's "golden ticket arrived,"

It will be interesting to see what approach resonates with jury, a shock awe display of explosive and vitriolic remarks by a firebrand attorney on the former governor's defense team, or a more calm and calculating approach by the prosecution? This is just getting more interesting by the day, because there was quite a significant mention of convicted felon political fixer and slum lord, Tony Rezko.

. . . is a political fundraiser, restaurateur, and real estate developer in Chicago, Illinois, convicted on several counts of fraud and bribery in 2008. Rezko has been involved in fundraising for local Illinois Democratic and Republican politicians since the 1980s. After becoming a major contributor to Rod Blagojevich's successful gubernatorial election, Rezko assisted Blagojevich in setting up the state's first Democratic administration in twenty years. Rezko was able to have business associates appointed onto several state boards. Rezko and several others were indicted on federal charges in October 2006, for using their connections to the state boards to demand kickbacks from businesses that wanted to do business with the state. While the others pleaded guilty to the charges, Rezko pleaded not guilty and was found guilty of 16 of the 24 charges filed against him.

It should be interesting if he is called to testify, because he was President Barack Obama's campaign money man, and a significant campaign contributor to Rod Blagojevich. Under oath who knows what bombshells this guy has up his sleeve? We will just have to wait and see if this guy gets the call by either the defense or prosecution. He is in jail awaiting sentencing. Another interesting footnote, is that the defense has filed a motion to enforce Blagojevich's First Amendment Right in relation to the conversations on the government's wiretaps.

Both sides get their say during opening statements in Rod Blagojevich's trial

. . . federal wiretaps that form the bulk of the government's evidence are tapes of a politician engaged in political speech — and therefore untouchable under the First Amendment.

"In this case, the defendant was engaged in political speech and expression," argues the motion. "The government alleges that the political process in which he was engaged is criminal. This is a violation of the defendant's rights of freedom of speech and expression afforded him under the United States Constitution."

The motion also argues that "Blagojevich had the right (under the First Amendment) to vigorously debate about different options for appointments and different fundraising strategies."

If the defense can get the wiretaps as inadmissible on a technicality of them violating Blagojevich's First Amendment Rights, it will severely hinder the case made against Blagojevich. As it stands now, it appears the tapes are the crust of the prosecution's case. It seems highly unlikely, but it is possible or the defense would not of filed the motion. Now, I want to read about what is on those tapes in their entirety, and what the witnesses have to say about this situation. There could be congressmen, senators, major players in the Chicago Machine, and even the President of the United States called to testify. More updates to follow.

[edit on 8-6-2010 by Jakes51]

posted on Jun, 8 2010 @ 10:15 PM
reply to post by Jakes51

Thanks for keeping us updated. This promises to be an interesting trial for sure. Blagovich has always intrigued me. He even has a unique look for a politician, kind of a baby-faced nelson with a hair-farm.

posted on Jun, 9 2010 @ 09:31 PM
reply to post by Angiras

Yeah, he is a an intriguing character, regardless of his innocence or guilt. When he was indicted, I thought he would have humbled himself and succumb to his fate. However, I was completely wrong, because he went at the Feds head-on. Calling them out, calling out his former friends in politics at the Federal and State level. It seems he is using this trial as a means to get back at those he thinks betrayed him, and to air out the dirty laundry in Illinois and Chicago Politics? Then he is all over the television in a strategy that appeared to be an attempt to sway and warm jurors in favor of the former governor. All it takes is one juror to side with Blagojevich and he gets off. Thanks for the reply!

[edit on 9-6-2010 by Jakes51]

posted on Jun, 9 2010 @ 09:54 PM
The mob analogy as "baby faced nelson" I think is appropriate. He reminds me of a gangsta rat, who was caught and is turning states witness to protect himself, while incriminating all of his cronies. Except, in this case, the state is not protecting him, but prosecuting him. He is on his own--one man against the establishment. While it seems noble (because we know how corrupt the whole system is), I guarantee you he was just as bad if not worse than those he seeks to incriminate. But yea, Im sure he feels betrayed and is trying to get some payback on his way down.

posted on Jun, 9 2010 @ 10:14 PM

Originally posted by Angiras
The mob analogy as "baby faced nelson" I think is appropriate. He reminds me of a gangsta rat, who was caught and is turning states witness to protect himself, while incriminating all of his cronies. Except, in this case, the state is not protecting him, but prosecuting him. He is on his own--one man against the establishment. While it seems noble (because we know how corrupt the whole system is), I guarantee you he was just as bad if not worse than those he seeks to incriminate. But yea, Im sure he feels betrayed and is trying to get some payback on his way down.

Oh yeah, this guy is a thug. I do like that reference to "baby faced nelson," and yes, it seems like a mob trial. He is only out to protect himself, and to keep his name off the notorious stat sheet of former Illinois governors going to Hoosegow. You know if I go down, there are others going down with me. They are all bad, and if this trial brings the culture of corruption allegedly occupying the Federal Government and the State of Illinois to light for the voters, consider it a long time coming. It is going to be interesting, no doubt about it.

[edit on 9-6-2010 by Jakes51]

posted on Jun, 9 2010 @ 10:52 PM
reply to post by abecedarian

Chicago politics. In the words of Charlie Daniels. "That's how you do it son."

posted on Jun, 10 2010 @ 11:10 PM
A skeleton from the one of the darkest corners of former governor, Rod Blagojevich's closet has been in the witness box spilling the beans for the past few days about Blago and his alleged penchant for other things than just kissing babies and doing the the will of the people in Illinois. In walks Alonzo "Ron," Monk, Blago's college buddy and a trusted friend who become a Campaign Chief, and a Chief of Staff. He was indicted along with Blago, his brother Rob, John Harris another Chief of Staff, and Fundraiser Christopher Kelly, now deceased in apparent suicide last year. More on Christopher Kelly later. Monk, in mob circles, has become what some refer to as a rat or stool pigeon, because he was caught with his hands in the cash cookie jar as account of his associations with the former governor and political bag man, Tony Rezko.

He has now turned state's evidence and is cooperating with the the Feds against his former boss and friend. He made a deal with government, and in turn for his cooperation, his punishment is far less severe and will do less time in the slammer.

Lon Monk, former top Blagojevich aide, pleads guilty

Monk's willingness to testify against his onetime law-school roommate sparked a 30-page guilty plea in which he revealed that, even before Blagojevich's first term as governor, Blagojevich sat in on meetings where he and his top associates discussed "using their control over the State of Illinois government" to line their own pockets.

So, in the past few days, he has been singing like a choir boy about a whole myriad of crimes from strong-arming companies for campaign funds, extortion, abuse of power and office, and essentially a crime spree of political corruption. Some of Monk's claims against the governor are scathing and quite serious. Again, another name at the center of this, is non other than convict felon and former real estate kingpin, Tony Rezko, and someone who seems to had his hands on the political faucet by his associations with Rod Blagojevich and even President Barack Obama.

The defense are slated to tear this witness apart during cross-examination next week. However, as it stands now, and according to Monk; cash was king for the former governor and a perk of his office? It just seems a lot of rats tried to scurry from the ship as it sinks. Blagojevich seems to be the ship. These very people were seen in public with the former governor. Now, the former governor gets caught up, and is under the knife, as his former friends both political and professional are scurrying away to their dark corners like roaches when the light comes on?

It seems the others are just as crooked as Blagojevich who is now facing the music and is being propped up as the fall guy for a culture of corruption that may reach to the highest levels of office in this country? When word got out that the former governor was arrested and indicted, his former friends who were sipping champagne and patting each other on the shoulders at political events, did an abrupt about face and ran for the hills. Just more signs of suspicion on their roles in the soap opera known as the Rod Blagojevich Corruption trial. Hopefully, others are brought front and center about their misgivings? This trial may be the magnifying glass and many of the insects may find their political exoskeletons quite charred from this when it is all said and done?

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