LOL! As having lived here in Illinois for a long time, I can help you reduce your concerns and rest easier. First of all, you have to understand that jail is a common résumé builder for all Illinois governors. They run for office, get elected, become governor, go to jail, then move upward toward the national scene. Blagojevich is simply following the ordinary career path.
Secondly, don`t fall for the delusional psychosis the ex-governor has been promoting everywhere OTHER than in Illinois! He`s been using a standard election-mode campaign speech as a "defense" for his actions. The fact is he`s on multiple tape recordings demonstrating his interest in cash.
What`s pathetic is that the governor was poorly received during his first term, then ran for a second term against a very competent opponent. But with Gov. Ryan working in jail, the Republican party didn`t have a chance. So "Blogo" won re-election.
Following that, he was so outrageously disinterested in actual leadership that we, the people were offered a referendum in November as to adding impeachment capabilities into the Illinois constitution. It was soundly rejected.
The governor hasn`t had the slightest comprehension as to what`s going on around him. He didn`t believe he could be arrested, so when he was, he simply ignored it. He`s been given offers time and again to make SOME kind of case in his defense, but he doesn`t seem to think there`s anything wrong.
But ultimately, it isn`t about a "fair trial." There are two, totally separate concepts involved. The one is the governor`s title and capability to execute the office of governor. The other is any liability for criminal wrongdoing. It`s the same for the President of the US.
When in the office, he can`t be prosecuted for activities. Only if he does not have the title and is not in office can other legal proceedings begin.
So an impeachment "trial" in the Illinois State Congress is for one purpose only: to sustain or remove the title of "governor." That`s all it is, and it has no bearing on character witnesses. It has only to do with whether or not the governor is capable of actually doing the business of the people in that office.
Since Blogo hasn`t been doing any business much at all, the more interesting problem for him was to demonstrate what he`s been doing these past years. And that`s why he keeps referring to the programs or legislation he`s "passed" (or sold, or traded).