Possibly no one but Blagojevich believes he is innocent of all charges. I wonder, however, how much the Illinois legislators were influenced by the $850 billion Economic Stimulus Package making its way through the US Congress and the threats written into the bill.
During the current economic crisis, every state is hurting for money. Illinois expected to get some $50 billion from the Feds. But, only if they removed Blagojevich from the governor's office. No conviction, no money.
The U.S. House of Representatives' Appropriations Committee voted on Wednesday to bar Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, charged in a corruption scandal, from touching any money the state would receive from an economic stimulus package.The provision potentially amounts to a bill of attainder. Bills of attainder are prohibited under the US Constitution. Such bills are legislative acts pronouncing a person guilty of a crime without trial and subjecting that person to capital punishment, loss of property, and civil rights.
The panel approved by voice vote an amendment to the spending portion of the stimulus legislation to put the Illinois legislature in charge of the money unless Blagojevich has been removed from office.
"It strips him of any authority to allocate federal stimulus funds," [Rep. Mark Kirk, an Illinois Republican] told Reuters. "I've already talked to the state legislative leaders. ... They're ready for this."
When the Appropriations Committee passed the language, Blago had yet to be impeached and removed. He was under indictment from the Federal Prosecutor, but that case is far from trial phase. Under US jurisprudence, Blagojevich is innocent until proven guilty. He has yet to be tried in a court of law and the US Congress has, in effect, already convicted and sentenced him.
The people of Illinois were threatened by Congress with loss of stimulus package funds until and unless their governor was found guilty at the impeachment trial and removed from office. The action by the Democrat Congress amounts to group punishment before the fact and intimidation, both prohibited by the Constitution and by statute.
Gird your loins, folks. The Democrats are just warming up. Threats, intimidation, illegal laws, and questionable acts are what we can expect from the Chicago machine presidential usurper and the criminal Democrat Congress. And no free press as the watchdog.
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