Blagojevich, X-Illinois Governor, sentenced to 14 years jail!Submitted by Mark Twain on Wed, 12/07/2011 - 14:52
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One outlaw politician goes down. Well endowed lady singing scales in her dressing room. Stage hands moving stage sets. Orchestra pit a buzz.
Disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (R) arrives at his Chicago home, after the first day of his sentencing hearing, December 6, 2011.
Reuters News by John Gress CHICAGO | Wed Dec 7, 2011 1:37pm EST
(Reuters News) - Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on Wednesday was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for political corruption included trying to sell the Senate seat vacated by then president-elect Barack Obama.
Blagojevich, a flamboyant two-term Democrat who was ousted from office in 2009, was convicted of seeking jobs and campaign contributions in exchange for state government action.
Bloomberg News - Blagojevich Gets 14 Years in Prison
By Andrew Harris - Dec 7, 2011 10:36 AM PT
(Bloomberg News) - Rod Blagojevich, former governor of Illinois. Photographer: Tim Boyle/Bloomberg
Rod Blagojevich, the former Illinois governor found guilty of trying to trade President Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat for campaign cash or personal favors, was sentenced to 14 years in prison. U.S. District Judge James B. Zagel in Chicago today imposed the punishment on the twice-elected Democrat, concluding a two- day hearing and capping a case that began three years ago and featured two separate trials. Blagojevich was ordered to report to prison Feb. 16.
Blagojevich [governed Illinois]... from January 2003 until his impeachment and removal from office in January 2009. He was arrested a month earlier for what Chicago U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald then called “a political corruption crime spree.” Blagojevich, 54, was found guilty on 17 counts in a trial that ended in June. A previous jury had deadlocked on 23 of the 24 counts it considered, finding the ex-governor guilty of lying to federal agents.
Prosecutors asked Zagel to sentence Blagojevich to 15 to 20 years in prison, arguing it would deter future wrongdoing in a state where four of the nine most recent governors have been convicted for crimes committed before, during and after they held office....
The case is U.S. v. Blagojevich, 08-cr-888, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (Chicago).