From in or about 2002 to the present, in Cook County, in the Northern District of Illinois, defendants did,
conspire with each other and with others to devise and participate in a scheme to defraud the State of Illinois and
the people of the State of Illinois of the honest services of ROD R. BLAGOJEVICH and JOHN HARRIS, in
furtherance of which the mails and interstate wire communications would be used, in violation of Title 18, United
States Code, Sections 1341,1343, and 1346; all in violation of Title 18 United States Code, Section 1349.
Beginning no later than November 2008 to the present, in Cook County, in the Northern District of Illinois,
defendants ROD R. BLAGOJEVICH and JOHN HARRIS, being agents of the State of Illinois, a State government
which during a one-year period, beginning January 1, 2008 and continuing to the present, received federal benefits
in excess of $10,000, corruptly solicited and demanded a thing of value, namely, the firing of certain Chicago
Tribune editorial members responsible for widely-circulated editorials critical of ROD R. BLAGOJEVICH,
intending to be influenced and rewarded in connection with business and transactions of the State of Illinois
involving a thing of value of $5,000 or more, namely, the provision of millions of dollars in financial assistance by
the State of Illinois, including through the Illinois Finance Authority, an agency of the State of Illinois, to the
Tribune Company involving the Wrigley Field baseball stadium; in violation of Title 18, United States Code,
Sections 666(a)(1)(B) and 2.
A 76-page FBI affidavit alleges that Blagojevich was intercepted on court-authorized wiretaps
during the last month conspiring to sell or trade Illinois’ U.S. Senate seat vacated by President-elect
Barack Obama for financial and other personal benefits for himself and his wife. At various times,
in exchange for the Senate appointment, Blagojevich discussed obtaining:
a substantial salary for himself at a either a non-profit foundation or an
organization affiliated with labor unions;
placing his wife on paid corporate boards where he speculated she might
garner as much as $150,000 a year;
promises of campaign funds – including cash up front; and
< a cabinet post or ambassadorship for himself.
Just last week, on December 4, Blagojevich allegedly told an advisor that he might “get some
(money) up front, maybe” from Senate Candidate 5, if he named Senate Candidate 5 to the Senate
seat, to insure that Senate Candidate 5 kept a promise about raising money for Blagojevich if he ran
for re-election. In a recorded conversation on October 31, Blagojevich claimed he was approached
by an associate of Senate Candidate 5 as follows: “We were approached ‘pay to play.’ That, you
know, he’d raise 500 grand. An emissary came. Then the other guy would raise a million, if I made
him (Senate Candidate 5) a Senator.”
Jeff Lipshaw has a post entitled Algorithms and Analogies meditating on Artificial Intelligence, the Turing Test, and much else. Check it out!
Jeff's post started me thinking about a paper I will be writing this Fall for the January 2008 AALS meeting in New York City. Organized by Kim Ferzan, the panel is on the borderlines of personhood & I will be discussing personhood and artificial intelligence--a topic that I took in Legal Personhood for Artificial Intelligences--OMG, 15 years ago!!!
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