Bribery Illinois-Style May Now Be Legal, Will Blago Be Sprung?

Blago after trial 8-17-10

Will this decision be Rod Blagojevich’s Get Out of Jail Free card?

The United States Supreme Court has just overturned the corruption conviction of Virginia’s ex-Governor Robert McDonnell.

Although his relationship with a mega-gift giver was described as “tawdry” by the majority decision, it was not illegal.

Chief Justice John Roberts said, “…our concern is not with tawdry tales of Ferraris, Rolexes, and ball gowns. It is instead with the broader legal implications of the government’s boundless interpretation of the federal bribery statute.”

We’re talking $175,000 in gifts and loans to the GOP Governor and wife.

The Defense “amassed an outpouring of bipartisan officials who told the court that upholding McDonnell’s conviction would criminalize the routine favors that politicians do for benefactors and give federal prosecutors too much power,” the Tribune reported.

Get our of jail free card orangeRoberts wrote: “Setting up a meeting, calling another public official, or hosting an event does not, standing alone, qualify as an ‘official act.'”

The vote was unanimous.

I’m guessing none of the Justices ever held an elective office.

And, I’m guessing politicians all over the country are going to be getting richer because of this decision.

Here’s the decision.


Bribery Illinois-Style May Now Be Legal, Will Blago Be Sprung? — 11 Comments

  1. Pretty sure that has been predicted since the beginning of that witch hunt.

  2. They can change the rules all they want.

    Still doesn’t make it right.

    All evil will be exposed and no matter how hard they run they cannot hide.

  3. Don’t you think Obama will commute Blago’s sentence or pardon him?

  4. Love this and it is so true but with Jack knowing Madigan he will get what he wants.

  5. SCOTUS just made public corruption the law of the land.

    Thanks, John Roberts!

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