Blagojevich Trial Witness Arrested For Shoplifting

Updated 11/06/10 – 1:23 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — A prominent businessman who figured in the corruption trial of former Governor Rod Blagojevich is free on bond following arrest on a retail theft charge.

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Cook County Criminal Court Judge James Brown freed Rajinder Bedi, 58, on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond Saturday afternoon.

Prosecutors said he allegedly attempted to shoplift $166 worth of merchandise from a Home Depot at 6211 N. Lincoln Av. on Friday.

Bedi is a former newspaper editor who also was the state’s international trade director till he resigned under pressure last year.

He testified during the Blagojevich trial that he was present when U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and a supporter discussed fundraising and the congressman’s interest in the Senate seat vacated by President Obama.

  • Good 1

    Laughter is the best medicine! LOL!!

  • jadean

    So what if he resigned. He has money.

  • iphish

    does this smell like a ploy to discredit a witness against Blago? a small sacrifice to elinate someones credibility testifying against Mr Hairdo.

    I smell a rotten fish

  • achmet

    americans are corrupt…shareee law

  • Bin Laden

    Nice hat.

  • M. Usman Baki

    I have hard time to believe this story. There must be some misunderstanding or mix-up while checking out.
    This is not what I know of Mr. Bedi.

  • Leon

    This is not amount to ‘Grand Theft”. There are probably hundreds events like this a day – none of them reported. Definitely looks like attempt to discredit the witness.

  • tony

    Are they now following all the juries to discredit them???? Who cares if he was part of the jury????

  • Right

    A lot of indians are cheap.

  • tools

    Bin Laden” He went to home depot to for a “turban repair kit” And that when they caught him walking out with a roll of toilet paper.

  • jayso

    R Bedi;s been setup by the Blago clan.

    This guys got money – doesnt need to steal Home Depot junk.

  • jen

    indian are not cheap they got more money then white or black hahah

  • Underground Cash Machine

    Are there any special computer, components or program requirements?

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