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Blagojevich indictment: Wait 'til next week

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It's no secret a federal grand jury is expected to return a formal indictment against former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
But it won't be today.
With an April 7 deadline looming, that leaves next week -- likely Thursday -- the day the grand jury considering evidence against Blagojevich and others meets.
Prosecutors could ask for an extension -- but I'm told that won't happen.
Sources say that prosecutors are calling witnesses back for the third and fourth time tying up small, final details.
And don't necessarily expect some big news conference the day the ex-governor is indicted. Typically, the government doesn't hold a second news conference when an indictment is returned on an already charged case. They already held one in December where U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said the alleged conduct would make "Lincoln roll over in his grave."
Blagojevich and his chief of staff John Harris were arrested Dec. 9 on charges that Blagojevich tried to sell President Obama's vacant Senate seat, on pay to play allegations and that Blagojevich sought to have Chicago Tribune editorial writers fired in return for the state helping structure a sale of Wrigley Field.
Blagojevich has maintained his innocence. Harris has been talking with prosecutors but has no formal deal.
The ex-governor's wife, Patti, and brother, Robert each figured prominently in the criminal complaint made public in December. But they were not charged.

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Income tax evasion seems to be the crime du jour currently. It wouldn't surprise me if Quinn wasn't as savory as we are led to believe. He will lose all credence if he doesn't get rid of Blago's appointees to various "deputy" and bureau chief positions, including Filan. The workers and taxpayers of this state want no more of this crew, even at the lowest levels.

Income tax evasion seems to be the crime du jour currently. It wouldn't surprise me if Quinn wasn't as savory as we are led to believe. He will lose all credance if he doesn't get rid of Blago's appointees to various "deputy" and bureau chief positions, including Filan. The workers and taxpayers of this state want no more of this crew, even at the lowest levels.

You can bet John Harris is talking. With two stints at the Department of Aviation, one at the Chicago Police Department, and one as the Mayor's Director of the Office of Budget and Management, he knows where King Daley has buried the bodies, and he may have helped with the shovel a few times, too.

From WIKI

The Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution, which is part of the Bill of Rights, protects against abuse of government authority in a legal procedure. Its guarantees stem from English common law which trace back to the Magna Carta in 1215. For instance, Grand Juries and the phrase "due process" both trace their origin to the Magna Carta.

“No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury. (1791)”

This is the law and has been the law ever since the English predator class was physically ejected from this nation over 200 years ago.

Everything that Fitzgerald has done against Blagojevitch and the people of the State of Illinois, is a crime.

He has abused his government authority by acting in a discriminatory and prejudicial manner against the governor. In doing these things, he has violated his oath of office, he himself should now face an Illinois State Grand jury investigation.

He has violated the voters of the state of Illinois by denying them the right to determine who shall represent them. Legally and morally, Blagojevitch is still the governor.

Ofcourse there won't be a BIG press conference to announce the indictment....everyone realizes what a fiasco Fitzgerald did when they announced they arrested the former governor. I'm sure they can sound better in a press releses rather than a circuis performance.


Well I can't say I was surprised when it broke that Blago got himself in to trouble I figured Resco would sell him out sooner or later and warned people 2006 not to return to office people should have listened. No Democratic Governor of this state since 1960 has been honest men. Pat Quinn will if reelected join this dubious group most likely for federal income tax evasion like Walker who followed Otto who was convicted for corruption.

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