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Richard F. Mell

Blagojevich and the hidden side of political corruption

Blagojevich and the hidden side of political corruption

There was so much noise the other day about Rod Blagojevich getting slapped down by the federal appellate court that I wanted some quiet and some answers. Will he appeal to the Supremes? Will the tossing of a few charges he was convicted of shave his 14-year sentence? Did his attempted horse-trading with the Obama White House over a Senate seat doom him? Will those tapes with then-White House chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, ever be heard? Political watchers and lawyers were chattering on the radio Wednesday morning. But chatter about political corruption in Illinois is a vocation for the living I pulled my car into a quiet spot and listened to them. I was in a dead man's spot,...

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