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Sen. Roland Burris Dodges Bullet: State Prosecutor Won’t File Perjury Charges

Well, he dodged one bullet. But will he remain in the Senate? Who knows. This guy has had a rocky road to Capitol Hill.

By Lynn Sweet
Sen. Roland Burris/official photo

Sen. Roland Burris/official photo

Chicago Sun-Times
Roland Burris will not be charged with perjury, Downstate prosecutor says
Sangamon County State’s Attorney John Schmidt declined to press perjury charges against U.S. Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) stemming from allegations he misled a legislative panel about the circumstances behind his appointment.

Schmidt said that while Burris’ answers to the House committee probing former Gov. Blagojevich’s impeachment were “incomplete,” and vague, that did not rise to the level of a crime.

“Based upon our review of the facts and the applicable law, there is insufficient evidence to charge Senator Roland Burris with perjury,” Schmidt wrote in a letter to House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago), whose office encouraged the probe.

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