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Thu., April 2, 2009, 8:21 p.m.

Blagojevich indicted…

Good evening, Netizens...

Rod Blagojevich, former governor of Illinois has been indicted on a stack of federal charges.

United States v. Rod R. Blagojevich, et al includings the following:

        Rod R. Blagojevich, 52, of Chicago
        Christopher Kelly, 50, of Burr Ridge
        Alonzo Monk, 50, of Park Ridge
        William F. Cellini, Sr., 74, of Springfield
        John Harris, 47, of Chicago
        Robert Blagojevich, 53, of Nashville, Tenn.
Charges:                                     Count(s)             Defendant(s)
        Racketeering conspiracy              Count 1              Blagojevich and Kelly
        Wire fraud                           Counts 2-12          Blagojevich           (2-12)
                                                                  Harris                (4)
                                                                  Monk                  (11)
                                                                  Robt. Blagojevich (3, 12)
        Fraud conspiracy                     Count 13             Cellini and Kelly
        Extortion conspiracy                 Count 14             Cellini and Kelly
        Attempted extortion                  Count 15             Cellini and Kelly
        Attempted extortion                  Count 16             Blagojevich
        Extortion conspiracy                 Count 17             Blagojevich
        Attempted extortion                  Count 18             Blagojevich
        False statements                     Count 19             Blagojevich
        Forfeiture                                                Blagojevich
Penalties (maximum on each count):           Imprisonment         Fine*
        Racketeering conspiracy              20 years             $250,000
        Wire fraud &
        Fraud conspiracy                     20 years             $250,000
        Extortion conspiracy &
        Attempted extortion                  20 years             $250,000
        False statements                     5 years              $250,000
* Note – On some counts, an alternative maximum fine of twice the gross gain to any
defendant or twice the gross loss to any victim, whichever is greater, may apply. If convicted,
the Court would determine the appropriate sentence to impose under the advisory United
States Sentencing Guidelines. The defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair
trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.


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