Burris appeals to Supreme Court for certification

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Even though Roland Burris and Secretary of State Jesse White are good friends, that did not stop Burris from filing a motion Dec. 31 with the Illinois Supreme Court to force his longtime pal to certify his Senate appointment.

Even though Roland Burris and Secretary of State Jesse White are good friends, that did not stop Burris from filing a motion Dec. 31 with the Illinois Supreme Court to force his longtime pal to certify his Senate appointment. “This does not change or damage our friendship,” Burris told the Defender. “I spoke to Jesse and he knows this is purely business, not personal.” Gov. Rod Blagojevich appointed the former attorney general to fill the remaining two years left of the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama. But White refused to sign paperwork certifying the appointment because Blagojevich appointed Burris after being arrested and charged in a 76-page criminal compliant for allegedly trying to sell the Senate seat to the highest bidder. Burris’ former Chicago law firm Gonzalez, Saggio and Harlan LLC filed motions on his behalf. By law, White has seven days to respond to the motion, which would give him until Wednesday. So attorneys Lawrence Perlman and John Ruff filed another motion last Friday to expedite the previous motion so Burris could be sworn into office in Washington, D.C. Tuesday. According to the motion, White has no legal right to not certify Burris’ appointment, and the state constitution requires that White certify the appointment once he receives confirmation by the governor, which he did on Dec. 31. White was unavailable for comment. ______ Copyright 2009 Chicago Defender. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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