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Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s criminal complaint

By Josh Richman
Tuesday, December 9th, 2008 at 9:25 am in General.

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.

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  • Kathy

    Also, maybe he’s just dumb. Maybe the furnace in the governor’s mansion is busted and the cold is getting to them…