Legal expert weighs in on perjury

February 18, 2009 9:11:39 AM PST
Former Cook County prosecutor explains why criminal charges are unlikely against Senator Burris.Newly seated Senator, Roland Burris, is once again in the middle of a controversial subject. The revelation of an affidavit filed in early February has exposed unknown conversations with members of the Blagojevich team regarding fundraising and the then vacant Illinois senate seat. The newfound information is contradictive of sworn statements and has conjured up talks of perjury charges.

Defense attorney and former Cook County prosecutor Thomas Glasgow had this to say: "Perjury is a straightforward legal definition with little gray area for confusion. In order to be charged with perjury the prosecutor must prove that person knowingly lied while under oath or purposely withheld information. The pace of the conversation that Senator Burris had with authorities did not allow for in depth responses. Due to this hastily conducted interview it will be nearly impossible to prove that Senator Burris purposely withheld additional information." Although Senator Burris will most likely not be charged with perjury, the accusations are sure to affect his chances for reelection at the end of his term.

About Thomas Glasgow

Before opening the Law Offices of Thomas Glasgow, Ltd. in Schaumburg, IL Thomas Glasgow was a Cook County State's Attorney who prosecuted cases including DUI , multi-kilo felony narcotic cases and murder . From 1994 until 1998, he worked in the Traffic Division, the Narcotics Division, the Juvenile Division, and the Felony Review Division. In each of these positions he tried both misdemeanor and felony bench and jury cases, supervised other attorneys, interviewed defendants and witnesses, and helped prepare criminal cases for trial. He is the author and instructor for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education course on aggravated or felony DUI for other attorneys, prosecutors, and judges. Now a criminal defense attorney, he has successfully defended clients in all types of criminal cases, including thousands of DUIs, as well as those clients facing murder charges, drug charges, felonies, misdemeanors, and traffic offenses.

For more information, please visit www.glasgowlaw.net .


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