Roland Burris cleared of perjury charges by Sangamon (IL) County State's Attorney

Sangamon County State's Attorney John Schmidt declined to press perjury charges against U.S. Sen.

Roland Burris (D-Ill.) stemming from allegations he misled a legislative panel about the circumstances behind his appointment.

Schmidt said that while Burris' answers to the House committee probing former Gov. Blagojevich's impeachment were "incomplete," and vague, that did not rise to the level of a crime. "Based upon our review of the facts and the applicable law, there is insufficient evidence to charge Senator Roland Burris with perjury," Schmidt wrote in a letter to House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago), whose office encouraged the probe.

Embattled Illinois Sen. Roland Burris will not face perjury charges for statements he made earlier this year during impeachment proceedings against former Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich, the Associated Press reports.

John Schmidt, the state prosecutor investigating the case, said there isn’t enough evidence to support charges of perjury.

“I am obviously very pleased with today’s decision by State’s Attorney John Schmidt. His investigation was both thorough and fair, and I am glad that the truth has prevailed,” Burris said in a statement.

Sen. Roland Burris will not face state perjury charges in connection with his sworn testimony about an alleged "pay-for-play" scheme to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Obama, an Illinois state prosecutor said Friday.
Sen. Roland Burris, shown at the University of Illinois in May, called the prosecutor's inquiry "thorough and fair."

Burris, appointed to the Senate seat just days before Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was impeached and removed from office in January, gave incomplete but truthful answers to questions about his conversations with Blagojevich's representatives, said John Schmidt, the state's attorney in Sangamon County.