Jesse Jackson Jr. Testifies In Blago Trial

The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting Jesse Jackson Jr. testified Wednesday on alleged extortion in the Blagojevich retrial.

Article updated on June 27 at 6:20 p.m.

Jesse Jackson Jr.'s testimony in Rod Blagojevich's retrial might have significantly weakened the former governor's defense against corruption charges, according to a Chicago Sun-Times report.

The article said Jackson described his relationship with Blagojevich as "frosty at best." Jackson said he was forced to go to to great lengths just to get Blagojevich to appoint him as a senator, according to the report.

Jackson also said he believes his wife was denied a state job because he refused to contribute $25,000 towards Blagojevich's campaign for governor, according to the article.

Blagojevich denied Jackson's allegation, but conceded his other statements were accurate, according to the report.

Scanner May 26, 2011 at 05:09 AM
If I am the first person to comment, then it's a true testimony that NOBODY CARES ABOUT THIS FOOLISHNESS! If anyone out there works-as I do- for a not-for-profit agency that hasn't been able to pay it's staff, and struggle as professionals every single day to remain committed to the quality of care of the consumers, meanwhile forsaking our own mortgages, tuitions, utilities, gas, health insurance-our own lives and futures, all I can think about is how long can I hold on. I 'm focused on the lack of remedies coming from the replacement players in Illinois government and the fact that they get paid twice a month whether there's evidence of their work being done or not-unlike the rest of us. Illinois spends more money on auditors hired to slow down payments to providers then they'll ever spend on the agency's who work in good faith and burn extreme amounts of energy and man power and morale to help others.


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