Newsday.com | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Sat- Jan 24, 2009
Gov. Blagojevich says he's battling 'the system'
The governor, a fan of Western movies, drew a long analogy between his situation and that of a cowboy accused of stealing a horse. His story ended with one cowboy suggesting that the accused thief be hanged, but the other suggesting he first be tried, then hanged.
"Under these rules, I'm not even getting a fair trial; they're just hanging me. And when they hang me under these rules that prevent due process, they're hanging the 12 million people of Illinois who twice have elected a governor," he said.