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Blagojevich Re-Indicted on Corruption Charges

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Blagojevich Re-Indicted on Corruption Charges

(AP/file)

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been charged in a fresh corruption indictment. But the new indictment returned Thursday looks a lot like the old version—including allegations that Blagojevich schemed to sell or trade President Barack Obama’s former U.S. Senate seat.

The ousted Illinois governor has denied any wrongdoing. Prosecutors say the fresh charges are based on the same alleged criminal conduct outlined in the indictment Blagojevich has been facing since last April.

The new version is a rewriting of the charges to avoid delays that could be caused by a controversy now in the U.S. Supreme Court over a federal statute that makes it illegal for officials to deprive taxpayers of their honest services. Critics say the statute is too vague.

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