Daily archives: December 7th, 2009

U.S. May Reindict Blagojevich

From the Chicago Tribune:

Federal prosecutors are promising to bring a new indictment against former Gov. Rod Blagojevich to avoid issues connected to an appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court on the scope of the federal "honest services" statute under which Blagojevich has been charged.

That would prevent the need to delay Blagojevich’s June trial date, they said.

In a filing today, prosecutors said they would handle the honest services question in the new filing against the former governor. The high court is expected to hear arguments tomorrow related to the limits of the federal statute.

Honest services fraud criminalizes schemes that deprive the public or the government of the right to have public officials perform their duties honestly.

The honest services statute makes up a portion of a number of the charges against Blagojevich, alleging that he violated his official duties while illegally leveraging the powers of his office to benefit himself.

Coming soon to every news channel imaginable, The Summer of Blagojevich.

Check your local listings.

I Don’t Care Who Tiger Woods is Sleeping With, and Neither Should You

I was tired last week of hearing the name Tiger Woods. The guy can golf. I don’t care who he’s sleeping with.

Do I believe in fidelity in marriage? Yes, I do. Am I sad to hear that Tiger has allegedly strayed? Yes, I am. Is it any of my business?

No. Absolutely not.

Welcome to Puritanical America. We judge you no matter who you sleep with, even if you only sleep with you wife.

It sounds like Tiger and his wife, Elin Nordegren, are taking some time apart. That’s okay with me. And that is none of my business either.

Tiger Woods is not some pol who has spent the last 20 years of his life railing against liberal social mores. I have no notion whatsoever of where Tiger Woods stands politically, and, right now, I don’t care.

I hope that, during this time apart, he and his wife can find some privacy, occasionally chat on the phone.

Yes, the man needs to make some decisions, now that it’s all public.

But that decision rests between him and his wife.