Saturday, January 10, 2009

Hope for Blagojevich?

As has been well documented, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, indicted and now impeached, is not the first Illinois governor to have his legal difficulties. Most reports cite indicted governors from the Land of Lincoln the past four decades or so.

However, this is not a recent phenomenon. While doing some research over the Internet (thank you, Carnegie-Stout Public Library!) regarding the Black Sox trial of 1921, I noticed (couldn't help but notice, actually) the lead headline.

Gov. Small, who had just taken office earlier in the year, was indicted for his alleged actions in his previous job as state treasurer. A jury acquitted him -- and four jurors subsequently and quietly received state jobs.

Six years later, as a civil case on the matter dragged on, Small Governor Small agreed to pay the state $650,000 and the state agreed to not prosecute him for what other charges were out there.

Here is a link to Time's 1927 report.

Well, if Small could get off, perhaps Blagojevich has hope.

Ah, my native Illinois.

1 comment:

erik hogstrom said...

The bit about the jurors getting state jobs made me laugh. That sounds like something that could happen today!