Findlaw Breaking Document: December 9, 2008.
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Illinois Governor Arrested for Trying to Sell Obama’s Senate Seat
US V. BLOGOJEVICH
(U.S. Dist. Ct., N.D. Ill., Dec. 9, 2008) – Illinois governor Rob Blagojevich and his Chief of Staff John Harris were arrested today on charges including an alleged scheme to sell the Senate seat of President Elect Barack Obama. In this criminal complaint, Blagojevich and Harris were charged with one count of conspiring to defraud the people of Illinois and one count of corruptly paying the recently bankrupt Tribune Company millions of dollars in financial assistance from the state of Illinois in exchange for firing Tribune editorial writers critical of Blagojevich.