How so? Because Blago tried to sell the seat, and didn't give it to Thieving Obama's choice? Seems to be a coin flip of evils, here. The fact that Roddy wasn't dragged into the parking lot and shot, is what is the shaft, to the rest of civilization.
Always been my opinion, the more power you are granted, the more severe the punishment when you abuse it. It might temper the theft, a little.
Because they couldn't (or wouldn't) name the buyer. In order to have a transaction you need a buyer and a seller. And, politicians make these kinds of backroom trades all the time. If it's illegal why are the jails not packed to the rafters with pols? The whole thing was Obama getting rid of Illinois political rivals. The reason Jackson wants Blago pardoned is that his son also got taken out by Obama.