June 3rd, 2010
02:51 AM ET

Blagojevich corruption trial starts Thursday

The federal corruption trial of Rod Blagojevich begins Thursday in a federal courtroom in Chicago, Illinois.

The former Illinois governor is charged with racketeering and fraud, among other charges.

Blagojevich, a two-term Democrat, was impeached and removed from office in January 2009 amid accusations that he had attempted to sell the U.S. Senate seat that had been occupied by Barack Obama before he became president.

The ousted governor is accused of telling his former chief of staff, John Harris, that he wanted "a good gig" in exchange for an appointment to Obama's seat, either in Washington or with a lucrative private foundation.

Blagojevich was arrested in December 2008 on federal corruption charges.

Authorities have said that Blagojevich and his inner circle engaged in a near-constant conspiracy of extortion and kickbacks after his 2002 election.

He has denied any suggestion of wrongdoing.

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  1. Ken Krieger

    Obama and the Democrats are also on trial. The trial will probably last until october. I bet Blogo will not be convicted. I also believe Kenneth Starr will also charge Obama. How does that feel "LAME STREAM MEDIA". Ken Krieger 239-283 7385 Cape Coral Florida

    June 3, 2010 at 6:22 am | Report abuse |
    • emma

      Ken, how bizarre to connect "Obama and the Democrats" to a trial that includes Blago's corrupt offers being turned down by the Obama campaign as well as other Democrats. Then again, in some camps everything from the oil spill to the Israeli flotilla capture is blamed on Obama... perhaps joining GW's facebook friends would be fun?

      June 3, 2010 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. Damiao

    http://www.englishtips-self-taught.blogspot.com help to spread this idea overseas...

    June 3, 2010 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mark

    Ken, you are in dire need of a cat scan

    June 3, 2010 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      I second that motion~

      June 3, 2010 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. Chris

    his choice of hair style is also a crime

    June 3, 2010 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
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