Posts by William A. Jacobson  (Page 718)
 

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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The “Rule of Law” Applies to Gitmo Detainees, But Not Roland Burris

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 31, 2008 at 7:59am 12/31/2008 at 7:59am

Barack Obama loves to invoke the “rule of law” when it suits his political purposes, but not in the case of Rod Blagojevich’s appointment of Roland Burris to Obama’s empty Senate seat. In the Burris case, politics apparently trumps the law.

There is no substantial legal dispute here. Harry Reid and other...

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Blagojevich Plays The Race Card On Fellow Democrats

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at 3:15pm 12/30/2008 at 3:15pm

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s appointment of Roland Burris has put the Democratic party in a box. By appointing an African-American to the empty Senate seat, Blagojevich has forced his political opponents to risk being called racists. In supporting the appointment, Congressman Bobby Rush called opposition to Burris an attempted lynching. Whether...

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Fitzgerald Must Be Worried Blagojevich Will Survive Impeachment

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at 8:24am 12/30/2008 at 8:24am

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has reversed course, and now wants to release to the Illinois House impeachment committee some wiretap evidence relating to the federal criminal case against Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Previously, Fitzgerald went so far as to ask the House committee not even to delve into areas covered by the...

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At Least Caroline Kennedy Didn’t Lie, and People Didn’t Die

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Posted by    Monday, December 29, 2008 at 9:25pm 12/29/2008 at 9:25pm

The mainstream media loves Ted Kennedy despite the fact that Ted left a woman to die in a ditch and then lied about it.

But Caroline Kennedy, for some reason, doesn’t pass the test, even though she didn’t lie, and people didn’t die. Caroline’s liberal creds are impeccable, she’s a Kennedy, she’s...

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Got News For You — Emanuel and Jarrett Will Testify, And The Blagojevich Impeachment Trial Will Be Delayed

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Posted by    Sunday, December 28, 2008 at 7:47pm 12/28/2008 at 7:47pm

The media is all atwitter over the decision of the Illinois House committee considering articles of impeachment against Gov. Rod Blagojevich to deny the request by Blagojevich’s attorneys to subpoena Obama aides Rahm Emanuel and Valerie Jarrett. The House decision comes at the request of U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, who is...

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NY Times’ Clinton-Blagojevich Impeachment Double Standard

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Posted by    Sunday, December 28, 2008 at 2:33pm 12/28/2008 at 2:33pm

What a difference a decade makes. In the fall of 1998, President Bill Clinton faced impeachment for obstruction of justice and perjury in giving false and misleading testimony under oath regarding his affair with Monica Lewinsky. Congressional impeachment proceedings, while focused on the issue of testimony under oath, were against the...

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The Media Permits Iran’s Christmas Eve Hangings To Pass Silently In The Night

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Posted by    Sunday, December 28, 2008 at 9:27am 12/28/2008 at 9:27am

On Christmas Day, British television Channel 4 provided Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a platform to broadcast “an alternative Christmas message on British television to rival Queen Elizabeth II’s annual address.” In the message, Ahmadinejad said that “if Christ were on Earth today, undoubtedly he would hoist the banner of justice and...

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Is The Wall Street Journal Now Covering For Obama In The Blagojevich Scandal?

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Posted by    Saturday, December 27, 2008 at 10:06am 12/27/2008 at 10:06am

The Wall Street Journal has been an exception to the mainstream media rule of unquestioned support for Barack Obama, and to this day the WSJ’s editorial page is one of the few places where Obama’s proposed policies are questioned. But a news article in today’s WSJ, “Reform Law Might Have Aided...

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The Official Guide To Blagojevich Blogs

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Posted by    Friday, December 26, 2008 at 12:04am 12/26/2008 at 12:04am

Welcome to Legal Insurrection’s Official Guide to Blagojevich Blogs. What makes this “official”? The same thing that makes people think the Franklin Mint is related to the U.S. Mint, even though the commercial says it’s not.

These blogs have frequent posts or l...

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NY Times — The Orphan Who Killed Its Parents

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 24, 2008 at 3:26pm 12/24/2008 at 3:26pm

I recently placed “tags” on my prior posts, to make it easier for readers to find posts by topic. Among the tags were “NY Times” and “media bias.” As I began tagging the stories, however, I realized that every story I tagged “NY Times” also was being tagged “media bias.”

The history...

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The Obama Report: Time to Dust Off Your Dictionaries

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at 5:01pm 12/23/2008 at 5:01pm

Thanks to Illinois Review for cross-posting this piece.
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One of the highlights of U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald’s criminal complaint against Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, played out dramatically at Fitzgerald’s news conference, was that Blagojevich used extreme profanity to describe Barack Obama’s refusal to make a deal over the selection of a replacement...

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The Illinois Attorney General’s Suit To Remove Blagojevich Looks Even Worse In Retrospect

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Posted by    Monday, December 22, 2008 at 9:41pm 12/22/2008 at 9:41pm

Thanks to Open Line Blog and Capitol Fax for cross-posting this piece.
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On Friday, December 12, 2008, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a motion in the Illinois Supreme Court seeking emergency injunctive relief removing Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office, or alternatively, stripping Blagojevich of his executive powers. On December 17, 2008,...

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Does Fitzgerald Really Have Blagojevich’s Blue Dress?

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Posted by    Sunday, December 21, 2008 at 11:49am 12/21/2008 at 11:49am

Thanks to Illinois Review for cross-posting this piece.
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On December 19, 2008, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich went in front of the television cameras and boldly proclaimed that he had done nothing wrong, much less criminal. Blagojevich pledged to “fight” to his “last breadth,” invoking words similar to Winston Churchill’s “fight on the...

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Blagojevich’s Allusion To Churchill Was Not His Finest Hour

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Posted by    Saturday, December 20, 2008 at 10:27am 12/20/2008 at 10:27am

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich went on television yesterday and gave a speech to remember. What people will remember about the speech are the catchy phrases: “I will fight, I will fight, I will fight until I take my last breath” has received perhaps the most notoriety.

As others have noted, Blagojevich’s “fight”...

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An Alternative to Caroline Kennedy

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Posted by    Friday, December 19, 2008 at 11:45am 12/19/2008 at 11:45am


Courtesy of Legal Insurrection’s NY City News Bureau

 
 
 

Are Illinois Legislators About To Violate The Federal Wiretap Laws?

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Posted by    Friday, December 19, 2008 at 9:56am 12/19/2008 at 9:56am

Thanks to Illinois Review for cross-posting this piece.
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During impeachment hearings before the Illinois legislature on Thursday, December 18, 2008, Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s attorney, Ed Genson, repeatedly objected to legislators using “illegal” wiretap information as part of the impeachment proceeding. Illinois legislators seemed dismissive, at times opining that they were not necessarily...

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