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A former mayor of Baltimore City, Kurt Schmoke is Dean of Howard University School of Law.

Full and Prompt Disclosure

Obama probably understands that full and prompt disclosure is his best friend with respect to the Gov. Blagojevich matter. Clearly someone associated with the President-elect sent the governor a strong signal that Obama would not bargain over his Senate-seat replacement.

But the press and the public will want to know who that person was and what other conversations occurred between that person and the governor. Although the President-elect may be asked at some point who his choice is or was to replace him, I think it is less important for him to answer that question than to fully disclose the number and nature of the contacts between his staff and Governor Blagojevich.

Presidents have learned through bitter experiences that the public will forgive them for making mistakes, but won't forgive them for lying about those mistakes.

By Kurt Schmoke

 |  December 15, 2008; 10:04 AM ET
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President-elect Obama should state the extent of his personal knowledge and business dealings with Gov. Blagojevich. He should also make it very clear that as President he will ensure that investigatory and legal support requested by the Illinois State government, courts, and law enforcement agencies will be provided as allowed by state and federal law.

Too many of the media and public come out with guesswork, supposition, innuendo, and accusations based on prejudice and the hope for political profit.

We should remember to think as if we were on the jury--innocent until proven guilty. We should also demand full investigation, publicity to the extent allowed by law, and absolute honesty and transparency of any legal proceedings.

Posted by: ChoKum | December 16, 2008 12:13 PM
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That disclosure would be in direct opposition to Fitzgerald's request that he delay such disclosure until Christmas week.

Posted by: Kevin | December 16, 2008 11:25 AM
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