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Blagojevich Pleads Not Guilty to Corruption Charges

POSTED: 12:34 PM ET, 04/14/2009 by Amanda Zamora


Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich arrives at federal court for his arraignment on federal racketeering and fraud charges in Chicago, April 14, 2009. (Charles Rex Arbogast / AP)

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has formally pleaded not guilty to federal racketeering and fraud charges, according to the Associated Press. Blagojevich arrived this morning at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse in Chicago, along with his brother, Robert, to be arraigned on charges of trying to sell President Barack Obama's former Senate seat.

Blagojevich was indicted April 1 on 16 counts, including 11 counts of wire fraud, three counts of extortion, one count of racketeering and one count of lying to federal investigators. Also named in the indictment were Blagojevich's former staffers Lon Monk and John Harris and fundraisers Kelly and William F. Cellini Sr.

The Chicago Tribune has the developing story.

By Amanda Zamora |  April 14, 2009; 12:34 PM ET Blagojevich Scandal
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Good for him ... now he can dust up and dus off and get ready for the trial that will hopefully give him some "chill" time away.

Posted by: alligator10 | April 14, 2009 2:19 PM

Illinois sure can produce a fine politician.

Posted by: durst1034 | April 14, 2009 2:32 PM

They still mandate crew cuts in prison don't they?

Posted by: bidalah | April 14, 2009 2:44 PM

Pay to play -- it's the Chicago way . . .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBqXbLKx4No

Posted by: bluestatecowboys | April 14, 2009 5:50 PM

Patrick Fitzgerald is a loser.

Posted by: blasmaic | April 14, 2009 9:17 PM

With a little luck, Rob can be in the slammer in time to be Bubba's date for the Sadie Hawkins' Day Dance! A little friendly advice, Rob; stock up on "soap on a rope." I understand it's dangerous to drop your soap in the shower.

Posted by: A-COL | April 14, 2009 11:26 PM

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