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    In other Blago news, the Trib offers some new details on the allegations that the former governor pressured the University of Illinois law school to admit an unqualified applicant with financial ties to the former governor. (Here's a Law Blog backgrounder on the scandal.)


    Ever since former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich was indicted in early April on corruption charges we have waited patiently for news in the case. Wait no longer: A few fresh details surfaced yesterday.

    To recap, the former governor has been accused of trying to auction off President Barack Obama's vacant U.S. Senate seat. Blago, who was impeached in January, has said he did nothing wrong and would fight any changes

    John Harris, Blago's former chief of staff, pleaded guilty to corruption charges yesterday and formally agreed to testify against his former boss.

    The Chicago Tribune reports that the plea agreement goes into detail on how Blagojevich and his advisers allegedly strategized to parlay the vacant senate seat to Blago's benefit.

    The plea alleges that Blagojevich sent Harris to the Illinois legislature to see if one Senate candidate would be willing to exchange all the money in his campaign fund for the U.S. Senate seat, although Harris did not explicitly deliver that message, the Trib reports.

    "I have never met a person who is going to be a better witness than John Harris,"? his attorney, Terry Ekl said.



    The former governor, according to the plea, also talked to an officer at the Service Employees International Union about Blago's chances of landing a position in the Obama administration if he appointed the president's close adviser, Valerie Jarrett, to the senate.

    In other Blago news, the Trib offers some new details on the allegations that the former governor pressured the University of Illinois law school to admit an unqualified applicant with financial ties to the former governor. (Here's a Law Blog backgrounder on the scandal.)

    Gov. Pat Quinn has convened a commission to investigate the situation, and has tapped retired judge Abner Mikva to chair it.

    Yesterday, Heidi Hurd, the former dean of the law school, testified to the commission that she felt "enraged"? when Illinois Chancellor Richard Herman ordered her to accept a student backed by the governor and then tried to appease her by offering to secure five jobs for law school graduates, the Trib reports.

    "I was incensed because we had just been steamrolled by what I felt to be an abuse of an official office,"? Hurd said. "I took it to be the case that there had been a top-down gubernatorial fiat."?

    Previously, Herman has declined to comment. "In the future, I expect to be talking to the Mikva commission and I believe I owe them my first public statement on these matters,"? he has said.

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    Re: Unqualified candidate for law school? Does such a person exist?

    Illinois Admissions Scandal Widens to the Law School

    The situation out at the University of Illinois keeps getting stranger -- and more damning, it seems, amid increasing allegations that the school gave preferential admissions treatment to hundreds of college applicants who had help from insiders.

    Last week we touched on the situation, after the Chicago Tribune sued the university to gain access to student records.

    The latest news cuts even closer to our heart, because it involves law-school applicants. And we can practically guarantee the latest allegations will send a shudder up the spine of anyone who's applied -- or even thought of applying -- to law school.

    Read more...

    Blago's Back: Illinois Admissions Scandal Widens to the Law School - Law Blog - WSJ
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      Re: Unqualified candidate for law school? Does such a person exist?

      Maybe. Who knows?

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        Re: Unqualified candidate for law school: Does such a person exist?

        Hope all those who cannot take the admission this year may succeed next year.

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          Re: Unqualified candidate for law school? Does such a person exist?

          It all depends on how much talent or 'CONTACT' a person has. Many good students cannot get admissions into law schools because of some applicants who got HELP from insiders. These things cannot stop until we do something about it. Many talented students are not able to get admission because of all these things.

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            Re: Unqualified candidate for law school? Does such a person exist?

            The system is to be blamed here. Corruption has reached its peaks. Many aspiring students are not able to get admission because of these people with contacts with people inside. This is a shameful thing to hear.
            California Foreclosure Attorney -- John Dzialo

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