Posts tagged: corruption
In this courtroom sketch, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, foreground, and his wife Patti, left, listen as Blagojevich's defense attorney Carolyn Gurland addresses U.S. District Judge James Zagel during his sentencing hearing at federal court in Chicago today. Blagojevich was convicted on 18 corruption counts that include trying to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama's former Senate seat. Reuters story here. (AP Photo/Tom Gianni)
Item: Jury convicts ex-Ill. Gov. Blagojevich at retrial/Michael Tarm, AP
More Info: Rod Blagojevich, who rode his talkative everyman image to two terms as Illinois governor before scandal made him a national punch line, was convicted Monday of a wide range of corruption charges, including the incendiary allegation that he tried to sell or trade President Barack Obama's Senate seat. The verdict was a bitter defeat for Blagojevich, who had spent 2 1/2 years professing his innocence on reality TV shows and later on the witness stand.
Question: Does anyone outside of Chicago and Illinois care about Blagojevich any more?
In one of the more entertaining threads on the Coeur d’Alene Press online Web site, Dan Gookin now is claiming that there’s corruption in the Kootenai County prosecutor’s office. The accusation comes from out of thin air, as much of the thread involves a three-way tag team among Dan, his sidekick Mary Souza, and a relative new commenter, Bumblebee. They’re involved in a three-way melee re: the Brannon-Kennedy case (of course) and Mary’s performance as a city planning commissioner when Gookin proclaims that his ability to root out corruption in the community is thwarted by a prosecutor who won’t uphold the law. Then, Gookin comments: “Perhaps that $100,000 art grant that the City gave his wife
has some roll in that, I wouldn’t know. But because of the way Idaho is
structured, if a County Prosecutor is unwilling to uphold the law, the
citizens can go pound sand. Idaho is broken that way, and as such it has
become one of the most corrupt states in the Union.” Then, he says he hopes that the feds will some day “swoop in here and clean up the mess. I can only wait.” Complete thread here.
Question: Does anyone out there really believe the claim made by the forces of Gookin that local government is rife with corruption, especially after the Brannon verdict?