Prosecutor: Sen. Burris won't face perjury charge

June 19, 2009 8:27:43 AM PDT
An Illinois prosecutor says Sen. Roland Burris will not be charged with perjury for statements he made before an Illinois House impeachment committee because there isn't enough evidence. Sangamon County State's Attorney John Schmidt said Friday that while some of Burris' statements were vague, they wouldn't support a perjury charge.

Burris was appointed to President Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat by former Gov. Rod Blagojevich after the FBI arrested Blagojevich on corruption charges. Those charges include allegations that Blagojevich tried to sell the seat for political donations.

In January, Burris was called before a House committee investigating Blagojevich. He initially said he had no contact with Blagojevich or his supporters. But he later revealed he had talked to several aides and had discussed hosting a fundraiser for the governor.

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