Rod Blagojevich

Former <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100500000000" title="Illinois" href="/topic/us/illinois-PLGEO100100500000000.topic">Illinois</a> <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEPLT007479" title="Rod Blagojevich" href="/topic/politics/government/rod-blagojevich-PEPLT007479.topic">Governor Rod Blagojevich</a> arrives to the Dirksen Federal Building with attorney Sheldon Sorosky in <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO0100100501250000" title="Chicago" href="/topic/us/illinois/cook-county/chicago-PLGEO0100100501250000.topic">Chicago</a> on Wednesday, February 10, 2010, after federal prosecutors Thursday revised their indictment against him, restructuring the charges without altering the specific allegations against him.  Prosecutors added eight counts that mirror other charges in the indictment but that don't rely on honest services fraud. That way, if the Supreme Court limits or tosses the controversial law, prosecutors can simply drop those counts and proceed to trial as scheduled on June 3. The newly added counts, based on other statutes, would ensure Blagojevich would still face the same allegations -- that he sought to improperly profit from his office, including by trying to sell a vacated <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORGOV0000134" title="U.S. Senate" href="/topic/politics/government/u.s.-senate-ORGOV0000134.topic">U.S. Senate</a> seat.
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( Tribune photo by Heather Charles / February 10, 2010 )

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich arrives to the Dirksen Federal Building with attorney Sheldon Sorosky in Chicago on Wednesday, February 10, 2010, after federal prosecutors Thursday revised their indictment against him, restructuring the charges without altering the specific allegations against him. Prosecutors added eight counts that mirror other charges in the indictment but that don't rely on honest services fraud. That way, if the Supreme Court limits or tosses the controversial law, prosecutors can simply drop those counts and proceed to trial as scheduled on June 3. The newly added counts, based on other statutes, would ensure Blagojevich would still face the same allegations -- that he sought to improperly profit from his office, including by trying to sell a vacated U.S. Senate seat.

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