Tony Rezko, a key player in the corruption that took place under former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, was sentenced to 10-and-a-half years in prison. After court Tuesday, U.S. attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said he could not think of another sentence that was that harsh for a public corruption case.
William Cellini, a native son of Springfield, could soon move from the corridors of power to a prison cell. Jurors convicted the long-time political figure and Friend of ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on two of four counts Tuesday.
Kevin Martin, who's worked for years in Chicago on arms control issues, now heads Peace Action, the largest peace and justice organization in the country. He joins us to talk about social movements and today’s potential for political change.
Stuart Levine, the star witness in the government's corruption case against William Cellini, is expected back on the stand Monday. He's giving an insider account of how people who pay attention to state boards that deal with the mundane business of government can make a whole lot of money.
Federal prosecutors are making their case for why Rod Blagojevich should not be allowed a third trial.In a lengthy filing, prosecutors said Blagojevich's convictions were just and, just as importantly, they said the trial was done in a fair way.After he was found guilty on several corruption charges
Despite efforts to demobilize paramilitary groups in Colombia, the country is still one of the most violent in the world. The danger is especially high for journalists who dare to report on Colombia’s powerful criminals and drug gangs, many of which are controlled by former paramilitary fighters.