Posts tagged "public corruption"

What three Chicago journalists pimped for William Cellini?

Little noted yesterday was the news that three “prominent” Chicago journalists were among the hundreds who wrote letters to U.S. District Judge James Zagel in support of convicted Illinois grafter William Cellini. Zagel did not disclose the names of the journalists when sentencing Cellini to a year and a day in federal prison for conspiring with... Read more »

Listen to JoAnn; leave the Blago jurors alone

The lone hold-out in the first Rod Blagojevich trial, JoAnn Chiakulas, recently ended her silence and made a rational, strong appeal for juror respect and independence. Because of her refusal to convict Blagojevich on all but one count, causing a mistrial on the others, the feds are trying the ex-governor again on serious corruption charges that... Read more »

Memo to Eastern pundits: It's Illinois' and Chicago's stinking mess; stay out of it

From the Eastern heights come directives to go easy on Illinois corruption. The Washington Post decreed that U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald should silence his “moral thunder” and not retryRod Blagojevich on serious corruption charges. Post editorial writers echoed Blagojevich’s silly assertion that Fitzgerald was close to stepping across the fine line that “separates prosecution from persecution.” Further prosecution isn’t... Read more »
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