Robert Blagojevich traveled in sophisticated circles. He likely knows very well what pay-to-play is, and knows too that politics permeates all relationships -- personal and professional.
Let's move forward, US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, and spend the public's limited tax dollars and limited resources on catching some other bad guys. You did what you said you would do.
The powerful often egregiously overstep sacred bounds of public and private trust, only to be consistently forgiven, with their trespasses forgotten. I call this dance the "power tango."
There was no smoking gun at the 11th hour. Did the prosecutor's strategy simply go sour?
With Arianna away, Joan Walsh of Salon.com debated Mary on the topics above as well as about "fringe" GOP base and a tax on suger products. They disagreed on all, with a surprising role-reversal on taxation to counter obesity.
The media, quite obviously, has lost any capacity it once may have had for self-examination, to say nothing of its sense of irony. Every so often, th...
It's time for the feds to cut Robert Blagojevich loose. Let the man get back to Tennessee and reclaim what remains of his old life.
Thank the jury in the Blagojevich brothers' trial for their service and 14 days of deliberations. Then, let them alone. Think of the Beatles' song "Let It Be." The jury has spoken.
In the Blagojevich brothers cases, over a hundred pages of jury instructions were read by Judge James Zagel to the jury right before deliberations began. That is a lot to absorb.
"If I get convicted of this, every politician in America should!" That's what former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich told me during a courthouse lunch break.
Even though the jury has yet to decide Blago's fate, he sure seems like a guy who deserves his own prison song. A Merle Haggard documentary inspired me to grab my guitar and a pad of paper.
In trying to get a handle on Blago's strange and sordid saga, I took inspiration from the songs of his idol, Elvis Presley.
After the government rested its case months ahead of schedule, it became apparent to anyone who was paying attention that what we have here is a perfectly premature prosecution.
I was talking with a friend of mine who happens to be a security guard, and he burst out laughing when I told him that printed tickets were required to attend Rod Blagojevich's trial.
Cook County Commissioner Forrest Claypool, a Democrat running as an independent for county assessor, will take on insider Joe Berrios in November.
Skilling could be out on bail pending the resolution of his legal woes. Rod Blagojevich, whose trial on corruption charges began June 3 in federal court in Chicago, may not be so lucky.