"After Senate Candidate B removed her name from consideration for the Senate seat, Blagojevich’s plans to obtain a personal benefit for the Senate seat were stifled by the fact that nobody appeared willing to pay Blagojevich for the Senate seat. During this time frame, Blagojevich engaged in a number of conversations with a variety of individuals regarding what to do with the Senate seat. Certain of these conversations continued to consider options in which Blagojevich would improperly personally profit from the Senate seat, while other conversations considered legitimate options related to filling the Senate seat."
-Memo from US Attorney's office for the Blagojevich trial
If former Governor Blagojevich had spent as much time trying to improve the state of Illinois as he did trying to line his pockets, we would be in pretty good shape. Unfortunately, he didn't. If you decide to read the 91 page memo from the US Attorney's office
, you will be well rewarded. Much of it reads like a novel, that is, if you can overlook the fact that some of the characters have odd names such as Official A
and Candidate B.