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Blagojevich Lawyer: Impeachment Not Justified

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A lawyer for Gov. Rod Blagojevich says
the evidence heard by a special Illinois House committee doesn't
justify impeaching the governor.
Attorney Ed Genson says hearings held by the impeachment
committee weren't fair to Blagojevich. He says the Democratic
governor wasn't given enough time to prepare, wasn't allowed to
call witnesses and didn't get to cross-examine people who
testified.
Genson also argued Monday that the House committee didn't spell
out what burden of proof must be met. Without that, he says, the
evidence cannot support an impeachment recommendation.
Blagojevich was arrested on federal corruption charges last
month. The committee is reviewing the allegations to decide whether
the full House should vote on impeaching him.


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