- The Washington Times - Monday, July 26, 2010

So much for the fearless, indomitable, impeached criminal defendant Rod R. Blagojevich, who looked forward to his day in court to tell the people of Illinois the whole truth and nothing but the truth so as to exonerate himself (“Blagojevich decides against testifying on his own behalf,” Politics, Thursday).

The former Illinois governor, who would not address specifics in his countless media appearances in advance of his trial, could barely wait to tell all in a courtroom. Mr. Blagojevich’s defense team obviously realized, however, that having their nutty client cross-examined would be devastating to their case. Directing him not to testify served to admit that he is full of hot air - and so establish a prima facie case in the minds of reasonable people that he guilty as sin.

Mr. Blagojevich is likely to be classified soon as a felon, but without regard to the outcome of the panoply of criminal charges against him, he has been revealed as a blowhard and a coward.

OREN M. SPIEGLER

Upper Saint Clair, Pa.