Skip to main content

It was so expected that the central character wasn't even around town, choosing instead to take his kids to Disney World.  But former Illinois Governor Rod R. Blagojevich has finally seen the other legal shoe drop, with a 16-count federal indictment against him, his brother Rob (who served as the chairman of his brother's campaign committee); his former Chief of Staff John Harris; a previous Blago Chief of Staff, Lon Monk; his chief fundraiser Christopher G. Kelly and Springfield powerbroker William F. Cellini.

But at least Blago can breath a small sigh of relief.  The sweeping indictment did not include charges against his wife Patti, as had been speculated in some circles.

More after the fold.

Federal prosecutors were facing a Tuesday deadline for issuing an indictment against the former governor and Harris, both of whom were arrested on the morning of December 9.  With today being the last day the Grand Jury hearing the case would be meeting before the Tuesday deadline, everyone was prepared for the announcement.

The only question was who else would be indicted.  The key person there is undoubtedly Cellini, a long-time power playerin state government.  While officially a Republican, Cellini has maintained close ties to the powers-that-be in Springfield for decades.  His indictment is seen by many as an effort by federal prosecutors to have Cellini turn on his longtime allies in what is known as the Combine.  Additional indictments may well be forthcoming, with the potential impact on future campaigns certain to be significant.

It is likely that at least one of Blago's co-defendants will cooperate with prosecutors, perhaps more than one.  If Cellini cops a plea, as many Republican political leaders as Democrats will be in a world of trouble.

As for Blagojevich, who was impeached and convicted by the Illinois General Assembly and removed from office in late January, he has maintained his innocence, even as he pursues what must be considered a bizarre defense, going on talk show after talk show.  All that seems certain is that the strange saga of Rod Blagojevich has many more strange turns to come.

Originally posted to Randall Sherman on Thu Apr 02, 2009 at 03:42 PM PDT.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site