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.
There could be the U.S. vs. Rod Blagojevich part three. Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and his lawyers are in court asking for yet another trial, on Monday.Just a month ago, Rod Blagojevich was found guilty on 17 of 20 counts in his second corruption trial.
Convicted former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is asking a federal judge for a new trial.Blagojevich's lawyers filed a 158-page motion with 10 different categories detailing why they think the former governor didn't get a fair trial.
Federal prosecutors say Rod Blagojevich hasn't fully met the conditions of his bond since being convicted on 17 corruption charges. In a court filing, prosecutors say they want Blagojevich himself to attend the run-of-the-mill hearing Friday. Usually, defendants don't have to appear in person.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says Rod Blagojevich’s conviction on federal corruption charges Monday shows a need for more state government reform.Quinn says Illinois has taken strides to lift ethics standards since Blagojevich’s 2008 arrest.