Gov. boycotts impeachment trial
Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich skipped the opening of his impeachment trial and instead spent the day on the TV talk-show circuit complaining that he is being railroaded. Prosecutor David Ellis told the Ill. Senate that he will show that Blago-jevich "repeatedly and utterly abused the powers and privileges of his office." The two-term Dem is accused of trying to sell Pres. Obama's vacated Senate seat.
Timothy Geithner was confirmed as Treasury sec'y by the full Senate on a 60-34 vote. Opponents said they were concerned that the N.Y. Fed president failed to pay back taxes until he had been nominated to the president's Cabinet. Geithner called it an unintentional oversight and paid $34,000 to settle with the IRS. Workers who cooperate with their employers' internal investigations of discrimination may not be fired in retaliation for implicating colleagues or superiors, a unanimous Supreme Court ruled. Zacarias Moussaoui's guilty plea in the 9/11 terrorist attacks was invalid because the gov't failed to turn over evidence that could have helped his defense, his attorney told a federal appeals court.
Source: Investor's Business Daily