Those of us that didn’t go to planet Mars for the week are aware Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and his Chief of Staff, John Harris, were arrested yesterday morning on federal corruption charges.
Governor Blagojevich is a sitting governor and it is a travesty that he was not treated with the respect due his office. Any other government official is warned in advance of an indictment and allowed to surrender at their own convenience. To go to his home at 6:00 in the morning and drag him off to court in his jogging suit is simply inconceivable, yet that is what happened.
The last sentence in the following summary reminds the public that a complaint is only a charge and not evidence of guilt, that defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
In the minds of the people in this country, Governor Blagojevich and John Harris are already guilty, otherwise why would they be under arrest? One newscaster put it all in perspective by saying you could indict a ham sandwich, but that didn’t make it guilty of a crime.
During the next few months every detail of Blagojevich’s life will be spread out and dissected by every newspaper and media analyst that has an opinion on his guilt.
No matter what happens from this point on, his political career is over. He started out as a thorn in this administrations side by ordering medications from across the border to provide to the elderly in Illinois so they didn’t have to make a choice between eating and taking their medications – they could do both. The day before his arrest, he advised all department heads to cut off business with Bank of America due to the closure of Republic Windows and Doors in Chicago.
Governor Blagojevich has made numerous changes in this state to provide needed assistance to the poor, the elderly and the disabled – at the expense of Big Business.
Is it any wonder he’s under arrest?
The following links will take you to both the indictment (pdf) and summary: