Monday, June 14, 2010

Illinois: The Hail Mary Pardon That Was Not To Be

From the Chicago Sun-Times' Blago Blog:
One of Rod Blagojevich's best pals, Christopher Kelly, had plotted to get a presidential pardon from President Bush, government witness Lon Monk just testified. Kelly wanted Bernie Kosar to approach: "(Then-Florida Governor) Jeb Bush and then go to President Bush and then pardon Chris," Monk said. "Somehow they were linked to the signing of this horse-racing bill," he said. What was Rod Blagojevich's reaction to this plot?: "It seems kind of far-fetched," Monk said of Rod Blagojevich.
The pardon did not happen and Kelly committed suicide. Kosar was, of course, a former NFL quarterback with the Cleveland Browns and a graduate of the University of Miami.

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