Friday, January 02, 2009

Innocent Until Proven Guilty.

This short blurb is about the Governor of Illinois Blagojevic. He was arrested for corruption but soon posted bail and is still employed by the state. He has also recommended one Roland Burris. apparently a big-shot in Illinois, to fill the Senatorial seat of Barack Obama.

Every Democrat I have seen and read of have condemned Blagojevic about his insistence to not resign and continue to perform his duties. They also are threatening not to seat Mr. Burris.

I may be a naive romantic but as far as I know, the constitution of the country guarantees that a person is innocent until proven guilty. So I think it is wrong for the Senate Democrats to not accept Mr. Burris and call Mr. Blagojevic to resign. They may be concerned about keeping a clean image for themselves but I do not see a problem with the governor doing his job. What I would like to see is the prosecutor bring charges and start a trial as soon as possible. Other than that, I see no reason to try to impeach him or call for his resignation. From what I have read, there is a thought to commit a crime but no conspiracy, planning or actual crime commited.

The first half of 2009 promises to be interesting as Mr. Blagojevic gives his party the middle finger salute.

1 comment:

Ani said...

Good article on this today on Huffington Post. The Democrats in Congress can't even remember there being a rule of law; it's been so long now...

As for Blago, there's a lot more than the Senate appointment they're working on, but the prosecutor's case got rushed because of it. Let's hope that the whole thing doesn't fall apart into a spectacular mess, because he's certainly not going away willingly. Anyway, here's a Wikipedia article on the whole affair, in case anybody's interested: