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December 24, 2008 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
Federal prosecutors have asked an Illinois House impeachment committee not to delve into the criminal charges against Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich, a request that could hasten a decision on whether to boot the governor from office. In a letter released Tuesday, U.S. Atty. Patrick J. Fitzgerald warned the committee that interviewing witnesses and discussing documents related to the charges against Blagojevich could undermine his criminal investigation.
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December 7, 2011 | Chicago Tribune
A federal judge heard pleas Tuesday from Rod R. Blagojevich's wife and one of his daughters urging leniency for the former Illinois governor, who was convicted last summer of 17 corruption counts, including an attempt to sell an appointment to the U.S. Senate. "Your honor, I ask you humbly with the life of my husband and the childhood of my daughters in your hands, be merciful," Patti Blagojevich wrote to U.S. District Judge James Zagel in a letter read to the court by lawyer Aaron Goldstein.
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December 14, 2008 | Associated Press
Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich met with a renowned Chicago criminal lawyer Saturday as he weighed his legal options on how to fight a scandal that has left his career in tatters and disrupted President-elect Barack Obama's White House transition. The Democratic governor had a four-hour meeting with Ed Genson in the lawyer's downtown office Saturday. Genson has defended newspaper baron Conrad Black, R&B singer R.
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December 17, 2008 | CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Illinois lawmakers opened impeachment proceedings against indicted Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich on Tuesday, insisting they could fairly investigate him despite years of calling him a terrible leader. Democrats and Republicans struggled to temper their anger over the national embarrassment created by Blagojevich's arrest a week ago on corruption charges. He is accused of seeking to sell favorable government decisions and the Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.
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August 21, 2010
Former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich on Friday accused prosecutors of trying to criminalize political horse-trading and said that he would not accept any plea deal. And he said the lone juror who held out against convicting him on major corruption counts this week confirmed his faith in God. "I've always had a deep and abiding faith in God," he said on NBC's "Today" show. "And when I look at that, it just confirms, 'Praise God.' And I certainly thank her for her good judgment.
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December 8, 2009 | By Jeff Coen
Federal prosecutors plan to revise the charges against former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich next month to avoid possible delays in their case because of a looming Supreme Court decision on a well-used public corruption law, the U.S. attorney's office said Monday. The high court is expected to hear oral arguments today on limiting the "honest services" fraud law, which criminalizes "a scheme or artifice to deprive another of the intangible right of honest services." The law has been a mainstay of federal public corruption cases, and prosecutors are relying on it for several of the charges against Blagojevich, accusing him of illegally leveraging his position to benefit himself.
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January 12, 2010 | By Jeff Coen and Stacy St. Clair
Former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich long has thought that his best chance of beating the sweeping federal corruption charges against him was to take his case directly to the public -- whether through media interviews, writing a book or glad-handing people on the street. But things haven't always gone swimmingly. On Monday, Blagojevich moved quickly to apologize for saying in an Esquire magazine interview that he was "blacker than Barack Obama." Even before many had heard about the interview, Blagojevich was standing outside his home, pointing out that it was a dumb thing to say. "What I said was stupid, stupid, stupid," Blagojevich said, using the word 16 times in a few minutes.
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January 9, 2009 | Ray Long and Ashley Rueff
Roland Burris told the Illinois impeachment panel Thursday that he cut no deals with embattled Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich to replace President-elect Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate, and he heard no quid pro quos. "Absolutely, positively not," said Burris, 71. "I can before this committee state that there was nothing . . . legal, personal or political exchanged for my appointment to this seat."
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December 11, 2008 | Joe Stephens and Carrie Johnson, Stephens and Johnson write for the Washington Post.
A footnote to the 76-page criminal complaint and affidavit charging Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich, a Democrat, with soliciting bribes confirms what has long been rumored: that a former longtime friend of and fundraiser for President-elect Barack Obama is talking to federal prosecutors in hopes of a reduced sentence.
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December 14, 2008 | Rick Pearson and Ray Long, Pearson and Long write for the Chicago Tribune.
If it wasn't nailed down, it was for sale, federal officials say. Seeking a high-level Illinois job? Make a contribution to Friends of Blagojevich. Want a state contract? Pony up. Have your heart set on the U.S. Senate? Let's talk. Federal authorities say Democratic Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich put a "for sale" sign on state government. But in many ways, that sign had been there for years. "When you look at the countless scandals that have plagued Illinois politics over the last several years . . .
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