December 9th, 2008
03:11 PM ET
5 years ago

Blagojevich free on $4,500 bail

CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) – Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich appeared in court Tuesday afternoon to hear corruption charges against him. Bail was set at $4,500, and Blagojevich was then released on his own recognizance.

He also had to forfeit his passport.


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  1. The Commish

    Was his Bail covered by the Obama transition?

    December 9, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. Pat Pa.

    No matter how hard you idiots wish, Obama is not involved in this. They have it right in Blagojevich's own words.

    As for his bail, where is he going ? He is being watched like a hawk by EVERYBODY.

    BTW-Although not my favorite person, Sarah Palin's name should not be mentioned whenever ANYTHING happens. Give it up. She had nothing to do with this.

    December 9, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  3. G.R.I.T.S. - Girl Raised in the South

    Please read the article, folks. He was released on his own recognizance. That mean he didn't pay a dime of the bail. Also, someone said earlier that bail is intended to ensure that the defendant appears for future hearings/trial. The Governor was apparently not deemed a flight risk by the Judge. That's all folks. No big deal, don't get your panties in a wad!

    December 9, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  4. Cynic

    Gov. Blagojevich is the one who got caught, it's naive to believe American politics is pure, it's not.

    December 9, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  5. JuanM

    "This is not the Governor Blagojevich I know or knew." I'm sure mister Obama will be saying this soon enough.

    December 9, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  6. TangoDancer

    This bail is low – especially for the alleged crime. It's basically a good faith symbolic measure by IL to insure that he attend court, but the dollar amount should have been higher. The symbolism matters in this case. As others have and will point out, on a daily basis lots of little people are busted with small amounts of pot and harder stuff like cocaine, etc.. but their bails are set in the tens and/or hundreds of thousands of dollars. This is not fair. The drug users that I cited for this example are committing local crimes that affect themselves and their immediate neighbors (maybe), but this IL governor was attempting to orchestrate a crime of national significance. The bail should be commensurate with the alleged criminal act.

    Bottom line is that he sounds like a jerk. How self-centered can you be to engage in these types of acts for money, when as a governor – he's already riding the gravy train.

    Oh well... the people of IL will be better off without him. He obviously does not have their best interests at heart.

    December 9, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  7. Bail

    To everybody who's complaining about the bail:

    The purpose of bail is not a punishment, it's to make sure that the accused returns to court. When he does, he gets the bail back. Since the odds of Blagojevich making a run for it and becoming a fugitive are next to none, there's no need for a high bail.

    December 9, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  8. Lifelong Republican for Obama, Columbia, TN

    If these charges are true, then Blagojevich is a complete idiot!!! How did he think he would get away with trying to "sell" Obama's senate seat. It is just plain ridiculous. If he is guilty of these charges, then I say lock him up and move on with the nation's more pressing matters. I sick-and-tired of idiots like Blagojevich distracting this nation from serious issues.

    December 9, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  9. California Gold

    $4,500 bail?

    Well that says a lot. Smells bad too.

    December 9, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  10. Matt

    @ Marshall

    Did you not read the Rule Book?

    December 9, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  11. Matt

    @ Marshall

    Duh. Did you not read the Rule Book? Rule No. 1 is "If you are rich, famous or were born to parents that were either of the above, please burn your copy of this book immediately."

    December 9, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  12. send him away

    and all the rest of the politician crooks that have made the papers this year

    December 9, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  13. Denise

    Why is this a shock to anyone? Chicago politics has always been corrupt. Does anybody believe that Obama wasn't in on this? Does anybody actually believe that he wasn't a friend of Bill Ayers? Add this to Wright's sermon comparing Obama's election to Christ's birth and blaming the US for bombing Japan on December 7 (Pearl Harbor Day), and you'd have a great movie script. The only problem is deciding whether to make it a comedy or a horror flick. It's going to be an interesting 4 years.

    December 9, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  14. Obama Nation

    He's not doing anything that the Obama's haven't done. Only they got caught!

    December 9, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  15. Annie the Democrat

    CHICAGO continues to show us that they are the melting pot of DIRTY POLITICIANS.

    This Governor was not concerned about being caught because he is surrounded by dirty Chicago politicians and business people.

    December 9, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  16. Ernie

    This Governor need not worry. If he goes to prison Obama will pardon him one day. Good buddies.

    December 9, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  17. New Yorker

    If this was a Republican the article would have surely included that bit of info but "Blaggie" is a Democrat so it wasn't to be mentioned.

    December 9, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  18. Robin

    Blagojevich get's out of jail for $4500??! That's not very punitive at all! That's like a slap on the wrist for this guy. I guess they do not take corruption very seriously in Illinois.

    December 9, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  19. Nimi from NY

    I suspect the Attorney General wants to implicate Obama on the issue. He tried unsuccessfully prior to the election to implicate Obama and thought he could succeed in the challenge of Obama's birth certifcate. Otherwise why would he arrest this guy a day after Supreme Court refused to hear the case on Obama's legitimacy to lead this country? More so, the A.G. desprately tried during the Rezko trial to implicate Obama and he couldn't. There are people who are not happy that Obama is the President of this great country.

    December 9, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  20. Greg

    Kathy--------------Just like the unjust blame Bush took the last 8 years. It comes with the position.

    December 9, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  21. Nimi from NY

    I suspect the Attorney General wants to implicate Obama on the issue. Otherwise why would he arrest this guy a day after Supreme Court refused to hear the case on Obama's legitimacy to lead this country? The Attorney General tried prior to the election to implicate Obama and was unsuccessful. Agaian he thought he could succeed in the challenge of Obama's birth certifcate after desprately trying during the Rezko trial to implicate Obama and he couldn't. There are people who are not happy that Obama is the President of this great country.

    December 9, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  22. pam Eugene OR

    This is a very short article so why can't some of you people be bothered to read it before commenting on it.
    He was let out on his own recognizance people. I know that is a big word but it means he did not pay anything. He got out for FREE
    So Mary @ 3:57 there are none of our tax dollars involved and BJ @ 3:56 there were no Obama coins used either.
    Please remember all this man shares with PE Obama is a home state. They are two different people.

    December 9, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  23. Mari

    YEAH.......YEAH........ AS SOON AS I HEARD THE GOVERNOR OF ILLINOIS WAS ARRESTED........ I KNEW THAT THE FAR-RIGHT-CRAZIES WOULD .........BLAME PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA!

    IDIOTS!

    December 9, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  24. Greed is not good

    Yeah send him to join Ted Stephens in prison along with Duke Cunningham. Getting crowded with all the criminals

    December 9, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  25. nom deplume

    I had thought that the prosecutor in New Jersey that locked up all those corrupt democratic politicians would be the first to get the axe on January 21st, but he already announced his "resignation"

    Now I think that a certain prosecutor in Chicago will be the first one axed, and his replacement will decide to forego prosecuting some of the indictments.

    That's the Chicago Way!

    December 9, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
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