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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-07-09 07:19 PM
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34. Nothing mysterious about it- it's a well known incident
Edited on Wed Jan-07-09 07:23 PM by depakid
Public fury over the governors alleged misconduct has masked the once lively debate over Burris' decision to continue to prosecute the wrong man despite the objections of one of his top prosecutors for a high-profile murder case.

While state attorney general in 1992, Burris aggressively sought the death penalty for Rolando Cruz, who twice was convicted of raping and murdering a 10-year-old girl in the Chicago suburb of Naperville. The crime took place in 1983.

But by 1992, another man had confessed to the crime, and Burris own assistant attorney general was pleading with Burris to drop the case, then on appeal before the Illinois Supreme Court.

Burris refused. He was running for governor.

"Anybody who understood this case wouldnt have voted for Burris," Rob Warden, executive director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions, told ProPublica. Indeed, Burris lost that race, and two other attempts to become governor.

Burris role in the Cruz case was "indefensible and in defiance of common sense and common decency," Warden said. "There was obvious evidence that Cruz was innocent."


Assistant attorney general Mary Brigid Kenney agreed, and eventually resigned rather than continue to prosecute Cruz.

<snip>

Kenney was not alone in her beliefs. Prior to Cruz 1985 trial, the lead detective in the case resigned in protest over prosecutors' handling of the case, according to news reports at the time.

And rather than argue Burris case before the state supreme court, Kenney also stepped down.

"What I took away was that Burris wasnt going to do anything to seem soft on crime," Kenney said. "He didnt have the guts."

In her resignation letter, Kenney claimed Burris had "seen fit to ignore the evidence in this case."

"I cannot sit idly by as this office continues to pursue the unjust prosecution of Rolando Cruz," she wrote. "I realized that I was being asked to help execute an innocent man."

http://www.propublica.org/article/in-90s-burris-sought-...


This guy deserves time in Club Fed- not Club Senate.
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  -Democrat: Blagojevich 'called our bluff' on Senate pick Amerigo Vespucci  Jan-07-09 03:51 PM   #0 
  - It's going to be a painful couple of years here in IL with this tainted hack as senator. n/t  darkism   Jan-07-09 03:52 PM   #1 
  - no, to the contrary, it shows the need to  antifaschits   Jan-07-09 03:58 PM   #2 
  - What has he done to earn your "tainted hack" award.  PassingFair   Jan-07-09 04:06 PM   #8 
  - They are following the lousy example of their Democratic Senators, who claim that,  No Elephants   Jan-07-09 05:34 PM   #20 
  - The following six will be even more painful for you (and us) with a *repuke* hack, unless  KamaAina   Jan-07-09 04:17 PM   #12 
  - "Circular firing squad mentality" certainly describes many Democrats  elocs   Jan-07-09 05:14 PM   #17 
  - Tainted? Obama and one Democratic Senator after another have said he is an honorable man who  No Elephants   Jan-07-09 05:31 PM   #19 
     - Burris is anything BUT an honorable man...  depakid   Jan-07-09 05:44 PM   #21 
     - Links, please. You are being mysterious with your taint. n/t  PassingFair   Jan-07-09 07:13 PM   #33 
     - Nothing mysterious about it- it's a well known incident  depakid   Jan-07-09 07:19 PM   #34 
     - This is pretty standard for retrials, though, isn't it?  PassingFair   Jan-07-09 07:34 PM   #35 
     - The Assistant AG and the lead detective don't usually resign  depakid   Jan-07-09 08:06 PM   #38 
     - Maybe, but, under applicable LAW, that decision is not for you to make or for the U.S. Senate. Sue  No Elephants   Jan-08-09 05:28 AM   #42 
     - I think my taint is fairly mysterious  AngryAmish   Jan-08-09 08:19 AM   #44 
     - Then why are Obama and Democratic Senators saying he is an honorable man? Point is, though, we have  No Elephants   Jan-08-09 05:18 AM   #41 
     - An honorable man would not have allowed himself to be used by a crooked governor like this  marshall   Jan-08-09 12:39 PM   #45 
        - Under Illinois law, the Governor HAS to make an appointment. You would have turned it down? If  No Elephants   Jan-08-09 02:10 PM   #47 
           - He'll always be sullied with this  marshall   Jan-08-09 02:15 PM   #48 
  - Democrats need to hone our bluffing skills. OR NOT DO IT.  aquart   Jan-07-09 03:59 PM   #3 
  - Props to Blago---Puppet Reid will give in  saigon68   Jan-07-09 04:00 PM   #4 
  - Funny how Harry..  awoke_in_2003   Jan-07-09 04:50 PM   #16 
  - At least Illinois will have  GinaMaria   Jan-07-09 04:00 PM   #5 
  - we got punked by an asshole  Enrique   Jan-07-09 04:02 PM   #6 
  - Beyond punked  Taverner   Jan-07-09 04:09 PM   #9 
     - Twice??  KamaAina   Jan-07-09 04:15 PM   #11 
     - with the help of Roland Burris  Enrique   Jan-07-09 04:41 PM   #13 
        - is`t illinois politics fun!  madrchsod   Jan-07-09 06:23 PM   #24 
  - Make no mistake - this is a kick in the nuts  Taverner   Jan-07-09 04:02 PM   #7 
  - What blufff?  ananda   Jan-07-09 04:13 PM   #10 
  - What Bluff? Milorad Blagojevich was operating within the law  OakCliffDem   Jan-07-09 05:45 PM   #22 
  - Look idjit  wryter2000   Jan-07-09 04:42 PM   #14 
  - Just cause you get called and lose one hand . . .  scytherius   Jan-07-09 04:45 PM   #15 
  - Blag did us a favor, maybe? Blessing in disguise? Because we get our Senator a lot faster this way  truthisfreedom   Jan-07-09 05:17 PM   #18 
  - as long as madigan will run for the senate....  madrchsod   Jan-07-09 06:27 PM   #26 
     - But in 2010 anyone can run as the Democratic candidate.  truthisfreedom   Jan-07-09 06:32 PM   #27 
     - If we're really lucky...  kevsand   Jan-07-09 08:33 PM   #39 
  - IMHO Harry Reid has been much more detrimental to democracy  MasonJar   Jan-07-09 06:10 PM   #23 
  - I wonder what sort of deal was cut? nt  bemildred   Jan-07-09 06:26 PM   #25 
  - no deal  goodhue   Jan-07-09 06:32 PM   #28 
     - Nah, I think there was a deal.  bemildred   Jan-07-09 06:43 PM   #30 
  - Seat Burris! He is a good choice. Reid needs to STFU already.  McCamy Taylor   Jan-07-09 06:34 PM   #29 
  - NO ! The Illinois Sec. of State, who is black, WON'T certify the appointment. It needs to be cleared  RBInMaine   Jan-07-09 06:48 PM   #32 
     - The IL SOS said that his signature is NOT required  BumRushDaShow   Jan-07-09 07:39 PM   #37 
  - Who is doing the cost/benefit analysis for the Senate Democrats?  MJDuncan1982   Jan-07-09 06:44 PM   #31 
  - Thats the Chicago way  ohio2007   Jan-07-09 07:38 PM   #36 
  - I feel sorry for poor misunderstood Blago....  unkachuck   Jan-07-09 09:13 PM   #40 
  - I would love to play poker with Senator Reid.  robcon   Jan-08-09 07:30 AM   #43 
  - ROFL. Gutless turds who everyone knows are gutless turds CAN'T BLUFF.  tom_paine   Jan-08-09 01:03 PM   #46 
 

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