Los Angeles, CA—I’m watching news coverage and reading major news media stories about Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. A great number of reporters are talking about the "indictment" of the governor on corruption charges.
There is just one giant problem and that’s Governor Blagojevich has not been indicted. That is expected to happen soon but right now he was arrested on a criminal complaint with an attached sworn affidavit. I guess the reporters and producers just don’t understand the process and don’t research the crap they write.
Do a Google search on Blagojevich and indictment and you will see the offenders for yourself.
The US Attorney’s office made a solid press release and a copy of the criminal complaint available to everyone and anyone who wanted it. I posted the material on this blog and the word indictment or Grand Jury can’t be found anywhere.
Prosecutors now have limited time to get a Grand Jury to return an indictment. When it comes there will be more than two names and a whole gang of new charges. The hapless Governor and his Chief of Staff along with additional defendants will have to attend an arraignment after that happens.
If prosecutors are tardy with an indictment the present case will be dismissed. That’s not a problem because they are free to re-charge Blagojevich with the indictment.
In the mean time perhaps some news directors and editors need to educate their hired help.