The 24 charges against Rod Blagojevich
The FBI has been investigating Rod Blagojevich, the former Governor of the State of Illinois, since 2005. Blagojevich was removed from office in January 2009 and indicted in April 2009.
The charges centered on allegations that he tried to “sell” the Senate seat left vacant by Barack Obama. The federal agents recorded Blagojevich saying, “I’ve got this thing, and it’s f*ng golden. I’m just not giving it up for f*ing nothing.”
In politics it is referred to as a Pay-to-Play scheme.
The 24 charges against Rod Blagojevich:
Racketeering (Count 1),
Conspiracy to commit racketeering (Count 2),
Wire fraud (Counts 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
9, 10, 11, 12, and 13),
Attempted Extortion (Counts 14, 15, 19, and 22),
Conspiracy to commit extortion (Counts 17 and 21),
Bribery (Counts 16 and 20),
Conspiracy to commit bribery (Counts 18 and 23),
Making false statements to the government (Count 24).
On August 17, 2010, Blagojevich was convicted of only 1 count of lying to federal agents, with a retrial being seeked by public prosecutors.
Source and more about the Blagojevich charges: TalkLeft – The Politics of Crime.
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