Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Scandal/impeachment/appointment items

Happy New Years to you. I want to start New Years Day right. I won't publish a compilation tomorrow and I'll keep today's brief.

Feds seek extension for Blagojevich indictment - AP

Capitol Fax offers a round up of items on this story today.

Items from Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion

The "Rule of Law" Applies to Gitmo Detainees, But Not Roland Burris
Blagojevich Plays The Race Card On Fellow Democrats
Fitzgerald Must Be Worried Blagojevich Will Survive Impeachment

Roland Burris, Senate-appointee - It's My Mind

Burris failed his only major test in office as AG - Eric Zorn
On Valentine's Day 1992, Mary Brigid Kenney, the assistant attorney general whom Burris had assigned to fight the appeal of Death Row inmate Rolando Cruz, sent Burris a memo identifying numerous errors in the investigation and trial that had put Cruz on Death Row for the 1983 murder of 11-year-old Jeanine Nicarico in DuPage County.

The memo concluded, "I cannot, in good conscience, allow my name to appear on a brief asking . . . to affirm this conviction." Rather than re-examining the case, Burris took Kenney off it.

She then resigned with a stinging letter to Burris. "I was being asked to help execute an innocent man," she told him. "Unfortunately, you have seen fit to ignore the evidence in this case."

The evidence he ignored included apparent "perjured testimony" and "fraudulent investigations by local officials," to use Burris' words from last Thursday.

Special election hopes revived in Springfield - Crain's

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