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Blagojevich Gets 14 Years

December 7, 2011 by  

Blagojevich Gets 14 Years

Rod Blagojevich, the former Illinois governor who fought for three years against criminal Federal corruption charges, was sentenced to 14 years in prison Wednesday.

Among his 18 convictions is the charge that he tried to use his power to appoint someone to President Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat in exchange for favors.

According to The Associated Press, Blagojevich has received the harshest sentence among the four Illinois governors sent to prison in the past four decades.

While the defense argued that Blagojevich’s schemes had not cost the state a penny, Judge James B. Zagel said the real cost was “the erosion in trust for the government.”

Blagojevich is expected to appeal his conviction, but is ordered to begin serving his sentence on Feb. 16.

“I’m here convicted of crimes. The jury decided that I was guilty and I am accepting of it. I acknowledge it and, of course, am unbelievably sorry for it,” Blagojevich said before his sentence was handed down.

The judge, however, was not moved to be lenient on the former Illinois governor.

“Whatever good things you did for people as governor, and you did some, I am more concerned with the occasions when you wanted to use your powers to do things that were only good for yourself,” said Zagel.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • http://deleted Claire

    HIP HIP HOORAY!!! There is justice after all!! I am doing the Happy Dance!!! Blago got 14 years!!! Hooray! I just hope the “appeal” does not work.

    • libertytrain

      :) :) :)

    • Palin16

      Cheers! This calls for a champagne celebration! This is effin golden. I’d love to see the look on those defense lawyers’ faces as the sentence was read aloud.

    • Joe H.

      Claire,
      too bad he didn’t get twenty to life!!! He damn well deserved it if you look at his whole career!!

      • http://deleted Claire

        JoeH–You got it! Too bad he didn’t get life. His face was on the front page news this morning. I could have barfed. After the judge gave the sentence, Blago walked past his wife and said “I love you.” He thought only of himself, he did not think of his kids. I don’t call that “love.” I call it selfishness. Not once did he think of his kids. He thought he ruled the world and could get by with anything. Well, there is always a day of reckoning and he got what he deserved. She should go with him, she isn’t any better than he is.

  • s c

    Blago must have had a lawyer fresh out of law school. Money, it seems, is a very important matter to those who live for power, status and job security at the public’s expense. Finally, an Illinois power broker got a judge who believes that elected officials should be held to a higher standard than the ‘mortals’ who put the SOBs in office.
    Blago couldn’t claim that someone put a gun to his head and told him to run for office or else. Ergo, he has no one to blame but himself. He made conscious decisions, and now he gets to distance himself from his family.
    In this economy, it’s probably a good idea not to offend the public. When you’re a state’s highest official, you need to lead or get out of the way. If a governor can’t understand what’s so wrong about what he did, then I guess it takes a judge and a prosecutor to make it obvious.
    I’m tempted to ask when it will be Obummer’s turn in the monkey barrel. But, I won’t – not quite yet.

  • jopa

    When he gets the buzz I wonder if he will donate his hair!!

    • http://deleted Claire

      jopa— Oh no!! Will he get his fabulous pompador shaved off? What on earth will he do without his hair!!! LOL

      • http://deleted Claire

        Blago and his “hair” reminds me of Trump and his “hair.”

    • Joe H.

      Let him knit it into a skull cap!!!

  • Palin16

    Hats off to Judge Zagel and the prosecution team! Great job!

  • JimH

    Illinios, where the governors serve their term and the they serve their sentence.
    The Illinios governor’s retirement mansion is in a gated community.

    • http://deleted Claire

      JimH– Illinois–where the governors “retire” to make license plates.

  • Palin16

    If Obama knew about Blago’s deal to pick his replacement, isn’t he guilty also?

    • http://deleted Claire

      Palin16–Blago tried his best to implicate everybody. All I remember at the time was that Blago did not care for Obama and vice versa. But this is what I heard, I don’t know if it is true or not. From what I noticed, they did not seem to socialize with each other. Who knows?

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