The drama concerning Rod Blagojevich is almost over. Blagojevich has been impeached and removed from office. A new governor has been sworn in, and Blagojevich will never hold public office in Illinois again. The only thing that remains now is the criminal case against the now former Governor of Illinois. Although this was a little delayed for some people, most figured it was inevitable when the allegations of Blagojevich trying to sell Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat first surfaced.
On Thursday, the Illinois Senate voted 59-0 after the state House of Representatives impeached him earlier in the month on charges of abuse of power and attempts to sell the gubernatorial appointment of the Senate seat.
The case provided news organizations across the world with multiple headlines as there were several twist and turns leading up to this point. Rod Blagojevich was first arrested on December 9 on the charges of conspiracy and bribery. What took many by surprise was the “pay-to-play” scheme he was accused of by allegedly attempting to sell a Senate seat that he was to appoint. And then there was the phone call recordings of Blagojevich, many too obscene for the public ear, where he was apparently caught red-handed and heard trying to receive payments and goods for the seat.
Once the impeachment trial began, Rod Blagojevich elected not to attend the hearing because he felt they were unjust. He instead decided to use his time appealing to another court, the court of public opinion. Blagojevich spent a couple of days when the trial first began in New York City making several appearances in the media, giving his side of the story, still proclaiming his innocence. Around this time, his own attorney also withdrew himself from the case and Blagojevich.
Not for nothin’ let’s all remember that impeachment is just a political procedure, not a criminal one. Technically Blagojevich is still innocent until proven guilty in the eyes of law. Although it certainly doesn’t look good, he could still be a pardon from the new president, who just happens to be be from Chicago. But, good luck with that one too.