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Ex-Gov Blago Blames Fed Prosecutor Fitzgerald for Suicide of Fundraiser

Ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich never misses a chance to take a shot at his nemesis, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald. This time is no different.

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By Amanda Carpenter
Washington Times

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich blamed federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald for the suicide of his friend Christopher Kelly and likened the attorney’s tactics to those used by a Soviet spy service in an interview with the Washington Times’ American Morning News on Tuesday.

U.S. Attorney Fitzgerald has accused the governor of engaging in a “political corruption crime spree” and had him arrested last year in order, he said, to stop him from selling President Obama’s vacated Senate seat. Mr. Blagojevich was impeached and removed from office by the Illinois legislature in January, but has maintained his innocence throughout the proceedings.

When asked how he felt about Mr. Fitzgerald, Mr. Blagojevich said he was holding him personally responsible for the suicide of his former fundraiser Kelly who was also charged in the corruption case. “His allegations are false, flat out false and his tactics, his tactics are very, very much open to question,” Mr. Blagojevich said. “Somebody now has taken his life because the pressure he felt to lie about me.”

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Ex-Gov. Blago’s Fundraiser Christopher Kelly Pleads Guilty

This case has tentacles. By the time former Gov. Blagojevich goes to trial, the government will have a host of witnesses who have pleaded guilty and are working off some time from their sentence. Not good for the ex-Gov.

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BY NATASHA KORECKI
Chicago Sun-Times
CHICAGO –– On the same day Rod Blagojevich launched a media blitz to promote his new book, one of the biggest players in his ongoing criminal saga pleaded guilty in federal court and agreed to turn himself into jail by next week.

Christopher Kelly, a longtime friend, adviser and fund-raiser to the ex-governor, pleaded guilty to a kickback scheme involving contracts at O’Hare Airport and Kelly’s roofing company, BCI Commercial Roofing, Inc. By doing so, he evades a trial that was scheduled to begin Wednesday.

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Feds Lining Up Ex-Gov Blago’s Ex-Allies to Bury Him in Trial

Allies one day, enemies the next. That’s the lesson ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich is learning as the government lines up witnesses to try and bury him during trial.

By Jeff Coen
Tribune reporter

CHICAGO — Several onetime allies of for
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mer Gov. Rod Blagojevich have already lined up as government witnesses against him, and another close friend and confidant could be next.

Sources familiar with the case said Christopher Kelly has had preliminary discussions with prosecutors about possibly cooperating, but he has not yet agreed to do so.

As Kelly weighs his future, his lawyers asked a federal judge Tuesday to delay his sentencing until October. Kelly, 50, a wealthy roofing company owner, pleaded guilty in January to tax-fraud charges for concealing his use of corporate funds to cover gambling debts. U.S. District Judge Elaine Bucklo is considering the request.

Prosecutors have ratcheted up pressure on Kelly, hitting him with two additional charges since he pleaded guilty to the tax offenses. He was charged with taking part in a kickback scheme to rip off United and American Airlines at O’Hare International Airport.

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