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“This is a frivolous lawsuit”

Friday, Aug 6, 2021 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Rick Pearson with a thorough takedown

Rod Blagojevich used to joke that “he barely knew where the law library was” as he earned his law degree from Pepperdine University amid surfing the Pacific Ocean and mingling with movie stars in Malibu.

Judging by the lawsuit the disgraced former Illinois governor filed this week challenging a ban on him running for state and local office, Blagojevich still has a penchant for skipping his legal homework, said experts who dismissed his action as baseless.

“This is a frivolous lawsuit,” said Ann Lousin, a professor of constitutional law at the University of Illinois at Chicago law school whose lengthy legal background includes helping draft the state’s constitution and chairing the Chicago Bar Association’s constitutional law committee. “This lawsuit is not going anywhere.”

Go read the whole thing. Pearson absolutely destroys Rod’s argument up, down and sideways.

* And, perhaps I’m being too cynical, but I’m starting to wonder if this is really just about adding a dramatic element to the “documentary” being produced by ABC7, which initially “broke” the story on the disgraced former governor’s lawsuit

A film crew was on hand for the news conference Monday; Blagojevich would not say who they were, but one crew member shared that he’s with ABC News, which is producing a documentary on Blagojevich set to air in the fall.

I never thought I could get even more disgusted by this guy, or by some of the coverage he receives. And yet, here we are.

       

48 Comments
  1. - Bruce( no not him) - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 10:14 am:

    Its not a documentary. It’s a comedy.


  2. - duck duck goose - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 10:14 am:

    Blago’s suit is frivolous. In other news: water is wet, 1+1=2, and the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent overrated crap.


  3. - Independent - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 10:14 am:

    If you are going to disgust people there is no sense disgusting them only partially. You need to fully disgust them. That’s where the payoff and attention is in today’s society. That’s the biggest lesson I’ve learned the past six years.


  4. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 10:18 am:

    ===I’m starting to wonder if this is really just about adding a dramatic element to the “documentary” being produced by ABC7===

    The very *first* thing learned in doing reality TV and/or documentaries is…

    “…creating content that seems organic, then providing time and energy in the work to fill time for context and perspective. Keep the strings going”

    You’re not cynical, Rich. You’ve seen this movie before.


  5. - Friendly Bob Adams - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 10:20 am:

    The world’s struggle to produce enough video content has met its match in Blagojevich, who has a limitless capacity for attention.


  6. - Lurker - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 10:21 am:

    My reaction was, if he won an election, it would be for *blank*?

    Can anyone help me fill in that blank?


  7. - Keyrock - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 10:21 am:

    Blago and the I-Team.
    Perfect, since Blago has always been only about himself.


  8. - Sangamo Girl - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 10:21 am:

    This still applies. https://www.reverieapparel.shop/product/still-guilty/73?cs=true&cst=custom


  9. - OneMan - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 10:23 am:

    Perhaps he is going to host the Bachelor.


  10. - Pundent - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 10:25 am:

    Should anyone be surprised by Blagojevich’s efforts to monetize his “story.” It’s all he’s got. And the media’s willingness to enable this? Well that’s par for the course as well. It’s just reality tv. Kind of sad commentary on what “investigative” journalism has become.


  11. - EssentialStateEmployeeFromChatham - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 10:27 am:

    Will the documentary air on Aug. 16–the 44th anniversary since the real Elvis passed away? (according to the historical record).


  12. - Amalia - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 10:30 am:

    isn’t Pepperdine that school that sits on a hill just above the ocean? I have a movie vision of his story with Blago in swim trunks . he probably wore them to class.


  13. - Responsa - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 10:33 am:

    ABC must not have heard about the fiasco of Al Capone’s vault. Who on earth would watch a documentary on Blago?


  14. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 10:33 am:

    Don’t hate on Pepperdine.

    It’s a Shangri-La that has a university.

    Not only would I wear swim trunks, I’d use Jeff Spicoli as my fashion touchstone.

    :)


  15. - So_Ill - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 10:34 am:

    Thank god he’s a Trump republican. The GOP owns this now.


  16. - Leslie K - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 10:41 am:

    I almost wish he were still a licensed attorney so the court could sanction him. Almost. On the bright side, however, at least we now know the reason for that piece of gobbledygook he filed. /s


  17. - Three Dimensional Checkers - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 10:50 am:

    It’s his nature. I just feel bad for his children. He is eventually going to go to jail again.


  18. - Jocko - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 10:50 am:

    If you’re looking for a mockumentary, I’d recommend ‘This is Spinal Tap’ over this.


  19. - EssentialStateEmployeeFromChatham - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 10:56 am:

    Idea for a QOTD based on this story:

    “What title would you give to the Blago documentary?”


  20. - Ducky LaMoore - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 10:57 am:

    He will be running for President before you know it.


  21. - EssentialStateEmployeeFromChatham - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 10:59 am:

    ==He will be running for President before you know it.==

    If all would have went according to plan in his brain, he would finished his 2nd term as President over 4 1/2 years ago.


  22. - Rudy’s teeth - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 11:09 am:

    Blago is Illinois’ bad penny.


  23. - 47th Ward - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 11:21 am:

    This is a frivolous lawsuit? This is a frivolous person.


  24. - NorthsideNoMore - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 11:25 am:

    Rod ya got your 15 mins of fame its over (and 14 years of infamy)… nothing to see here, move on…. Please !


  25. - Streamwood Retiree - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 11:27 am:

    ==He will be running for President before you know it.==
    Any crazier than Donald Trump running and winning the Presidency?

    How about Rod B. running for Governor as a Republican? Not endorsing him, but I’d vote for him over the announced reality-free candidates.

    Yes, I know he’d have to win his suit first.


  26. - Dotnonymous - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 11:29 am:

    All of this is to make Blagojevich’s grey follicles tingle?


  27. - EssentialStateEmployeeFromChatham - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 11:36 am:

    If only we had elected Poshard as Governor in ‘98, maybe we could have eventually avoided this nightmare.


  28. - Give Us Barabbas - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 11:45 am:

    Pepperdine might be most famous for being the location for the Battle Of The Network Stars.

    Rod is trying to copy a reality show formula. He’s cast Madigan in the role of Carroll Baskin, he’s got the hair covered, now he just needs a blue disco shirt and some tigers and he’s golem, err… Golden


  29. - Amalia - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 11:46 am:

    OW, Blago is an insult to Spicoli.


  30. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 11:47 am:

    ===… is an insult to Spicoli.===

    Well, then it’s a good thing I compared how I would dress to Spicoli.


  31. - cermak_rd - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 11:49 am:

    That’s Rod, just when you think he’s hit rock bottom he gets dynamite and a backhoe after it.


  32. - Anyone Remember - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 11:50 am:

    Beyond this being an effort to monetize and draw attention to himself, this is the Mother of all Hail Marys. The goal is to get Madigan under oath in a deposition (i.e., no judge present, all questions must be answered).


  33. - Dotnonymous - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 11:51 am:

    “I am a Trumpocrat” - Rod Blagojevich


  34. - Skeptic - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 11:53 am:

    ==He will be running for President before you know it.== Right after he runs for Gold in the 100m.


  35. - PublicServant - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 12:09 pm:

    Yeah, maybe the lawsuit is a stunt to garner free advertising for “The Apprentice - Ex Con Edition”.


  36. - thisjustinagain - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 12:10 pm:

    New on ABC 7 this fall: “Blago’s World”. Comedy, locally producted, 30 minutes. Season Premier: “Channeling his inner fail.” Rod files a lawsuit showing off his lack of legal skills despite being a disbarred attorney. Cameo by MM. Special guest star Reality.


  37. - Amalia - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 12:13 pm:

    @ OW, haven’t seen you. maybe you too.


  38. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 12:15 pm:

    === haven’t seen you. maybe you too.===

    I have no idea what this means. Kinda like Spicoli explaining time, and pizza.

    The way I see it now, if I’m thinking more about Malibu and “what might have been” I’m probably not Rod’s target audience for his redemption


  39. - EssentialStateEmployeeFromChatham - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 12:21 pm:

    A frivolous lawsuit by a frivolous ex-governor who adopted frivolous budget techniques courtesy of Filan and Co.


  40. - EssentialStateEmployeeFromChatham - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 12:23 pm:

    ==My reaction was, if he won an election, it would be for *blank*?

    Can anyone help me fill in that blank?==

    Cat spotter? “Look, here’s a kitty.”


  41. - EssentialStateEmployeeFromChatham - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 12:29 pm:

    ==My reaction was, if he won an election, it would be for *blank*?

    Can anyone help me fill in that blank?==

    President of National Federation of Elvis Impersenators.


  42. - Rudy’s teeth - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 12:39 pm:

    Can Blago get a job as a sales rep for McKesson Medical? Blago certainly shoved a lot of contracts there way while he was governor.

    Time to get a job, Rod. Stop grandstanding. Your fifteen minutes are up.


  43. - Just Me 2 - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 1:14 pm:

    How much is ABC paying him?


  44. - Sir Reel - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 1:27 pm:

    ABC = awful Blago channel.


  45. - EssentialStateEmployeeFromChatham - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 1:49 pm:

    The only bad thing about Blago’s disbarment is that he can’t be one of those attorneys in those sham ambulance chaser law firm commercials. Which air on the likes of Jerry Springer and all the trashy daytime “talk” and scripted “courtroom” judge shows.


  46. - bogey golfer - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 2:41 pm:

    He’s likely having his memoirs coming out, right about the same time that this documentary is being broadcast. Then he’ll be on Good Morning America and The View.

    Since Disney owns ABC, sell your Disney stock.


  47. - Radio Frequency - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 4:45 pm:

    This is a cheap PR stunt by Blago and a ratings ploy by ABC for the Fall ratings period.


  48. - Enemy of the State - Friday, Aug 6, 21 @ 4:51 pm:

    Yet Rod got elected. Governor of Illinois. 2x.


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