Governor Gone Wild: The Blagojevich Scandal

Lawyers didn't invent the insanity defense for guys like Rod Blagojevich, but it may soon come in handy

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Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich

Lawyers didn't invent the insanity defense for guys like Rod Blagojevich, but it may soon come in handy. As recently as last month, the leather-jacket-wearing Illinois governor imagined himself as a potential candidate for President in 2016. Meantime, he said, he wouldn't mind getting a Cabinet post, an ambassadorship or even a high-paying corporate gig. Driving these fantasies was his statutory power to name a replacement for former Senator Barack Obama — a power that to Blagojevich seemed like money in the bank. "I've got this thing, and it's f______ golden," he told an aide a day...

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