Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Governor isn't sitting back quietly...

Yesterday he also failed to request subpoenas in his impeachment trial. Hat-tip CapFax!

Still even though his attorneys won't participate in the trial they will try to attempt to block it:
The governor's impeachment trial is set to start Monday, but Wednesday night, there are efforts to stop it. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports that the governor's attorneys, having virtually given up trying to win the case, are now leaning toward going to court, to try to block the trial.

But Senate President John Cullerton, in an exclusive interview, says he doubts they'll be successful.

"If they want to go to a court and have a court tell us to stop, that's up to them. But I cannot envision any court interfering with this process because we are following the constitution," Cullerton said.

Blagojevich attorneys Ed Genson and Sam Adam Jr. pulled out of the trial last Friday in protest to the rules approved by the Senate, which will hear evidence, decide issues of law and then render a verdict.

Cullerton says the rules are patterned after the Clinton impeachment in the U.S. Senate. And says the trial has to start on time or else.

"We have a legislative session that would otherwise begin on February 3rd," Cullerton said. "We have to pass a budget. We don't have enough money to pay the bills, and knowing who the governor is going to be is critical to the process."

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