CHICAGO
01/15/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Court Can't Remove Blagojevich: Former Justice

Former Illinois Supreme Court Justice Louis Rathje believes Attorney General Lisa Madigan's request for the state's highest court to remove Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office is beyond the court's powers.

"Lisa Madigan is doing a stretch and is pushing this as far as she can go to see what she can do," Rathje said Monday in a telephone interview. "Hopefully, he'll just resign."

On Friday, Madigan called on the state Supreme Court to strip Blagojevich of his powers following his arrest last week on federal corruption charges. She argued that the governor can no longer do his job with any "legitimacy."

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