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.
Was his Bail covered by the Obama transition?
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.
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!
Gov. Blagojevich is the one who got caught, it's naive to believe American politics is pure, it's not.
"This is not the Governor Blagojevich I know or knew." I'm sure mister Obama will be saying this soon enough.
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.
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.
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.
Well that says a lot. Smells bad too.
Did you not read the Rule Book?
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."
and all the rest of the politician crooks that have made the papers this year
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.
He's not doing anything that the Obama's haven't done. Only they got caught!
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.
This Governor need not worry. If he goes to prison Obama will pardon him one day. Good buddies.
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.
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.
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.
Kathy--------------Just like the unjust blame Bush took the last 8 years. It comes with the position.
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.
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.
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!
Yeah send him to join Ted Stephens in prison along with Duke Cunningham. Getting crowded with all the criminals
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!