Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Gov. Blago, cont'd

If you watched the TV news this morning, there was coverage of deposed Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich's gig as a talk radio host.

You remember Blago. Blasted by the prosecutor at a news conference for attempting to sell Obama's senate seat. Tried and convicted in the press and by late night comedians on the basis of prosecutorial leaks and a bad 70's haircut. Impeached by the Illinois legislature on a hurry-up basis, without investigation, hearings, trial or the right to call witnesses.

Blago still hasn't been indicted.

Repeat, Blago still hasn't been charged with a crime by the prosecutor who orchestrated his downfall weeks ago.

But he's out of the way, he's been silenced, he's been discredited and none of his former associates have to worry about what he may say if and when he ever is indicted. (Pre-scandal, White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel bragged on masterminding Blago's rise to the governorship.)

Many rightly question the indictment, prosecution, conviction and sentencing of former Alabama governor Don Seigelman.

But, at least Seigelman was indicted, prosecuted, convicted and sentenced before punishment. Seigelman can and is seeking recourse on appeal. Blago? Impeached but still not indicted, with no available remedy.

Civil liberties shouldn't only be for people you like, or with good haircuts.

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