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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Illinois Supreme Court Rejects AG Madigan's Motion To Remove Blagojevich

As we predicted repeatedly (here, and here, and here, and here), the Illinois Supreme Court has rejected the unprecedented request of Attorney General Lisa Madigan to remove Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office, or alternatively, strip Blagojevich of his executive powers. The motion was ill-advised, legally weak, and based on assertions of a state emergency that were suspect at best. Though issued without explanation, the simultaneous ruling that AG Madigan is not even permitted to file a Complaint seeking Blagojevich's ouster is a stinging rebuke to AG Madigan.

These related posts lay out the fundamental weakness of AG Madigan's legal theory, strategy, Court brief, and actions subsequent to filing. This is a case which never should have been brought, and kudos to the Illinois Supreme Court for rejecting the case without explanation so as not to create any precedent (as I hoped would happen, see posts below).

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