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Wife says Blagojevich teaching history in prison

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is spending his time in federal prison teaching Civil War history and learning to play the guitar, while his attorneys work on an appeal, his wife said on Friday, the one-year anniversary of the beginning of his 14-year term for corruption....


On last day free, Blagojevich offers last words

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Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich embraced the public spotlight one last time Wednesday, claiming on the day before he reports to prison that he always believed what he did was legal and expressing faith that an appeal of his corruption convictions will succeed....


Blagojevich sentenced to 14 years for corruption

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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.

Senh: Finally, a conclusion to this blatant misuse of power and corruption in state congress. Rod Blagojevich deserved every year of that sentence. Of course, I bet this won't scare any future lawmakers from trying to use their positions for financial gain.


After crime, punishment awaits ex-Gov. Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich was clearly the ringleader of the schemes for which he was convicted, a federal judge said Tuesday at the sentencing hearing for the ousted Illinois governor on corruption charges that include trying to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama's former Senate seat....


Prosecutors: Blagojevich should get 15 to 20 years

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Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich deserves a sentence of 15 to 20 years in prison for his convictions on corruption charges, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Prosecutors said Blagojevich, who was convicted of 18 corruption-related counts including that he tried to sell or trade the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama, should receive more time than his predecessor, former Gov. George Ryan, and a key former fundraiser, Tony Rezko.


Blagojevich Sentencing Set for Dec. 6

Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is scheduled to be sentenced on his multiple corruption charges Dec. 6. The new date appeared on a federal court website Monday. In September, Judge James Zagel had indefinitely delayed an Oct. 6 sentencing date for Blagojevich — apparently because it would have conflicted with a related trial.


Blagojevich sentencing postponed

A federal judge has postponed the Oct. 6 sentencing in the corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.


Jury Finds Blagojevich Guilty of Corruption

Jury Finds Blagojevich Guilty of Corruption

A jury on Monday convicted Rod R. Blagojevich, the former governor of Illinois, of trying to personally benefit from his role in selecting a replacement for President Obama in the United States Senate.


It's difficult to avoid making faces during Blagojevich's testimony

It's difficult to avoid making faces during Blagojevich's testimony

The longer Rod Blagojevich stays up there on the witness stand at his trial, the more his act is wearing thin. That's just my opinion, and I should tell you that his admirers in the courtroom do not share it.


Blagojevich Takes the Stand in His Defense

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich took the stand in his corruption trial Thursday morning, finally deciding to tell his side of the story—and subject himself to potentially harsh cross-examination.


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