Hero Governor Blagojevich, With Daughter, Who Kept Moratorium on Death Penalty Racism


Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich talks with reporters as he leaves his home to take daughter Annie to camp in Chicago, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010. A day after hearing the verdict in his political corruption trial, Blagojevich was on dad duty, taking his younger daughter to camp. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

It should not be forgotten that Governor Rod Blagojevich during his two terms, up to his political witchhunt of impeachment and removal, did continue the death penalty moratorium of his predecessor, George Ryan. In Illinois African-Americans and Latinos were being murdered by the state despite their innocence. Governor Ryan essentially cleared the death-row inmate population in an act still considered extraordinary and courageous. Mr Ryan, now in prison, was a Republican but in the spirit of bipartisanship, his Democratic successor, Governor Blagojevich, continued the ban of executions in Illinois due to the broken, evil and legally inept criminal justice system. The governor is not a Falstaffian figure. He is not a biopic cartoon. He is not a caricature. He saved lives by not taking them. The federal jury, incorrectly and ineptly described as a grand jury by the Huffington Post, (Grand Juries don’t decide cases but only whether to allow a prosecution of a case!) could not convict him on any charge of conspiracy, extortion, kickback schemes, racketeering, fraud and selling of Senate seats or any major criminal act. Only the charge of lying to the feds stuck and there was no court reporter during his interview with the F.B.I.

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