My dad pointed out to me this evening that, since Governor Blagojevich's senatorial appointment has been received into the Senate, and since he testified under oath that he did not pay or promise anything for the position, the governor can now say that he did not, in fact, sell Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat. Early reporting suggested that conspiracy in this instance is still criminal, regardless of whether the conspiracy plays out or not. But by giving away the Senate seat, Governor Blagojevich may have bought himself a get out of jail free card.
Senator-designate Roland Burris, on the other hand, simply acquired himself a U.S. Senatorial pension.
I'll let it go soon. I promise.