Burris Skirts Perjury Charges

Feeling vindicated, Roland Burris said today, “I have never engaged in any pay-to-play, never perjured myself, and came to this seat in an honest and legal way.” A central Illinois prosecutor confirmed that view by declaring that he will not pursue perjury charges against the senator in the scandal that brought down Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich last year. When testifying before the Illinois House of Representatives in January, Burris neglected to mention a conversation that he had with Robert Blagojevich, the former governor’s brother, about possible fundraising opportunities for the governor. Sangamon County prosecutor John Schmidt called Burris’ testimony “incomplete” but “insufficient evidence” for perjury. The Senate Rules Committee continues to investigate Burris’ appointment.