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Published July 21, 2010
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday he has offered to rehire the civil servant he forced to resign two days ago over her comments about race that were taken out of context in a brief video clip.
Vilsack said he offered Shirley Sherrod, who was the state director of rural development in Georgia, a unique new position at the agency but wouldn’t go into details. Sherrod told The Associated Press she is considering the offer.
“I accept full responsibility with regret,” Vilsack said at a news conference. “She’s been put through hell. I could have and should have done a better job.”
Vilsack said he extended his “profound apologies” to Sherrod and added that the experience has been a “teachable moment for me, a teachable moment for all of us.”
Vilsack also emphasized that the White House applied no pressure to his decision to sack Sherrod.
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Published July 20, 2010
June 14: Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich arrives for his trial in Chicago.
CHICAGO — Since the day federal agents arrested Rod Blagojevich, the ousted Illinois governor hasn’t missed a chance to proclaim his innocence. On talk shows. On stage with the comedians of “Second City.” To reporters while jogging down a snow-covered street — even while chatting with Donald Trump on reality television.
The only audience that matters is the jury hearing allegations that Blagojevich tried to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama’s old seat in the Senate. It’s also the one audience he might never address.
Blagojevich’s attorneys unexpectedly said Tuesday they could rest the defense without calling a single witness — including the former governor — which would leave jurors to hear nothing from him but his voice on profanity-laced wiretap recordings made by the FBI.
Should Blagojevich not testify in his own defense, he would fail to make good on his confident proclamation at the start of the trial that the jury and public alike would hear “all the things I’ve been dying to tell you for the last year and a half.”
For months following his early morning arrest, Blagojevich told reporters “I can’t wait” to take the witness stand. He left the courthouse Tuesday in silence, leaving his attorneys to explain that their loquacious client would take the night to decide for certain whether he would.
Blagojevich’s attorneys said they did not believe the government had proven its case. They disagreed on whether he should testify.