Impeached former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was re-indicted yesterday, as federal prosecutors sought to eliminate wording that has to do with a judicial statute prosecutors hoped would help their case but that the Supreme Court may soon strike down, reports the Christian Science Monitor. Blagojevich was first indicted last April on 16 counts of corruption, including racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud, extortion conspiracy, attempted extortion, and making false statements to federal agents.
The new indictment contains new language pertaining to honest services fraud, a 1988 federal law meant to help prosecutors in creating an image of impropriety without needing to prove the tangible benefits. Legal experts say the Supreme Court is expected to strike down the law, and that criminals sitting in prisons because of its successful use may be released. “It will certainly lead to the releases of convicted politicians in the next three to 12 months. There are a lot of bad guys really waiting for this decision to come down,” says lawyer Andrew Stoltmann.