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I Guess Any Publicity Is Good Publicity

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 7:24pm 1/29/2009 at 7:24pm

At least they spelled my name correctly:

Over at Legal Insurrection Blog, they’ve been banging the drum for Governor Blagojevich and against a guilty verdict on the Impeachment for quite some time. Blogger William Jacobson has...

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Blagojevich Convicted – Senator Says “It’s Bleeping Golden”; Obama’s Former Colleagues Say Everybody Knew About Corruption, And No One Did Anything

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 5:07pm 1/29/2009 at 5:07pm

Despite an impassioned last minute closing argument, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was found guilty by the Illinois Senate on the Article of Impeachment. The vote was 59-0 to convict Blagojevich of the single Article of Impeachment for abusing power. Elements of the Article included alleged criminal conduct and administrative breaches of...

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Blago’s Masterful Closing Argument – First Take

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 12:55pm 1/29/2009 at 12:55pm

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich just finished his closing argument in the Senate impeachment trial. In an impassioned argument, Blagojevich invoked images of his immigrant parents, the people he tried to help by providing health care benefits, and working families.

Blagojevich followed a strategy of saving his arguments until the end, when the...

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Just Say No To The Flawed Impeachment Of Rod Blagojevich

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 8:33am 1/29/2009 at 8:33am

I didn’t expect to end up opposing the impeachment of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. When the news first broke that Blagojevich was charged, among other things, with attempting to “sell” Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat, I was inclined to follow the media and pundits in throwing the bum out based on...

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Will Blagojevich Call For A Special Election or Secret Ballot?

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 5:16pm 1/28/2009 at 5:16pm

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s last minute request to present a closing argument at the Senate impeachment trial has everyone speculating what he is up to. While there are many good speculative arguments as to what Blagojevich will say, there is one argument that no one anticipates: Will Blagojevich call for a...

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Blagojevich To Appear At Senate Trial Tomorrow

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 3:51pm 1/28/2009 at 3:51pm

It has just been announced on the floor of the Illinois Senate, nearing the end of the trial, that Governor Rod Blagojevich wants to appear at...

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Blagojevich Trial Day 2: The Gun That Didn’t Smoke

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 6:40am 1/28/2009 at 6:40am

I listened to much of day two of the Illinois Senate impeachment trial of Gov. Rod Blagojevich. This was the day when the smoking gun would be revealed, in the form of four audio tapes just released by U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald. Despite the claims in some of the television and...

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At Least One Illinois Senator Understands The Injustice Of The Impeachment Process

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 9:00am 1/27/2009 at 9:00am

At least one Illinois Senator appears to understand that the rigged rules of the Senate impeachment trial of Rod Blagojevich, do not allow Blagojevich a fair trial. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Sen. Rickey Hendon wants to ensure that Blagojevich gets a fair trial and “is upset that senators are being...

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The Unjust and Unconstitutional Trial of Rod Blagojevich

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, January 25, 2009 at 7:03pm 1/25/2009 at 7:03pm

On Monday, January 26, 2009, the impeachment trial of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich begins. Nominally, the trial will be held by the Illinois Senate with the Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court presiding. In reality, this case is, and always has been, under the control of U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.

The...

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Blagojevich Right, But Doing It Wrong

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, January 23, 2009 at 3:45pm 1/23/2009 at 3:45pm

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich just finished a press conference in which he claimed that he is not participating in the Senate impeachment trial, scheduled to start Monday, because the Senate impeachment trial rules deprive Blagojevich of a fundamentally fair hearing. Blagojevich is right that he is being deprived of a fair...

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Blagojevich Is Good At Making Others Look Bad

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 5:59pm 1/17/2009 at 5:59pm

I don’t pretend to know the ins and outs of Illinois politics. I’ve been following the Rod Blagojevich saga as an outsider looking in, from a legal perspective. One things seems clear to me, as we approach the impeachment trial: Rod Blagojevich is very good at making others look bad.

When Illinois...

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Can We Also Impeach Law Professors For “Legal Distortions”?

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 10:45am 1/14/2009 at 10:45am

As we get closer to Barack Obama taking office, the cry for “war crimes” trials of Bush administration lawyers who expressed legal opinions regarding coerced interrogation grows louder.

I have yet to hear anyone call for a war crimes trial for the attorneys during the Clinton administration who created unnecessary and artificial...

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Illinois House Impeachment Report Sets Up Clash Over Fitzgerald Prosecution Evidence

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 8, 2009 at 10:40am 1/8/2009 at 10:40am

The Illinois House impeachment committee has just released its Proposed Report on its investigation and recommendation of impeachment of Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The 69-page report will be the subject of further posts, but one thing is clear, the Report sets up an inevitable clash with U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald over evidence...

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What if Blagojevich Is Not Guilty?

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, January 5, 2009 at 9:19am 1/5/2009 at 9:19am

Events are moving so quickly in the saga of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, that there has been precious little time to reflect. But as I look back on the past month, I keep thinking of Raymond J. Donovan, and a question keeps nagging me; what if Blagojevich is not guilty?

While many...

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Can Senate Republicans Refuse To Seat Any New Democratic Senators?

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, January 4, 2009 at 11:35am 1/4/2009 at 11:35am

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid stated today that the Senate can do “whatever we want” with regard to seating Roland Burris, the appointee of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Reid may want to rethink that position.

Reid apparently is picking up on an argument advanced by Harvard Law School Professor (and potential...

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Will Harry Reid Also Bar Caroline Kennedy?

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 1, 2009 at 10:02am 1/1/2009 at 10:02am

According to news reports, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is prepared to have armed guards bar Roland Burris from the Senate floor, despite the fact that Burris has been legally appointed to Barack Obama’s open Senate seat by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. At the same time, Reid is praising the...

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Thanks, and Happy New Year

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, December 31, 2008 at 11:11am 12/31/2008 at 11:11am

Legal Insurrection Blog started on October 12, 2008, with what is still my favorite post, Obama is Door No. 2.

In those first days, readership consisted of me, a few relatives, a couple of neighbors, and some friends of relatives. Then a handful of other followers signed on, for reasons I am...

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