Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s criminal complaint

Federal agents arrested Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich today on corruption charges related to his alleged efforts to “sell” the appointment of President-elect Barack Obama’s Senate replacement and a multitude of other alleged misdeeds.

Read the criminal complaint and affidavit here. No, really — do it. Do it. You’ll thank yourself later. If what’s contained here is true, it’s an amazing portrait of a man not only shockingly corrupt, but also so excessively arrogant that he undertook some of these acts even while knowing his associates were already in hot water with, and talking to, the feds. It takes a lot of nerve to do this kind of thing; it takes an almost unheard-of level of cojones to keep doing it when you know the FBI is breathing down your neck.

For fuller stories, see the Chicago Tribune; the Chicago Sun-Times; the New York Times; and the Washington Post.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.