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Ex-Sen. Roland Burris Says He Did Nothing Wrong
By AP
CHICAGO, IL - More than a year after leaving office, Roland Burris insists he did nothing wrong in accepting his appointment to the U.S. Senate by Illinois' disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Burris said in an interview broadcast Friday on WBEZ that he was the victim of malicious journalists who owe him an apology.

Blagojevich was convicted of trying to sell Barack Obama's Senate seat after he became president.

After his arrest in December 2008, Blagojevich appointed Burris, a former Illinois attorney general, as senator. In the end, Blagojevich didn't get anything in return for the Senate appointment.

Burris' appointment by Blagojevich made him something of an outcast during his nearly two years in Washington.

He says the criticism of him was "99.9 percent" unjustified.

Published 04:10 PM, Saturday Feb. 25, 2012
Updated 06:06 AM, Monday Feb. 27, 2012

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