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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

Rod Blagojevich

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 postponed

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


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.


Blagojevich prosecutors ready to rest their case

After just 2 1/2 weeks of testimony, truncated evidence and curtailed questioning, prosecutors said they expect to rest their case on Thursday in the retrial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.


Blagojevich conviction upheld by trial judge

Blagojevich conviction upheld by trial judge

The judge who presided over Rod Blagojevich's corruption trial refused on Wednesday to throw out the conviction of the former Illinois governor on a single count of lying to investigators.


Blagojevich Holdout Juror Explains Vote

The lone holdout who prevented jurors in embattled former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's corruption case from reaching a unanimous verdict on more serious charges said her conscience prevented her from siding with the rest of the jury ...


Blagojevich Retrial Set For Early Next Year

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's retrial will begin early next year, well after the midterm Congressional elections this fall. Federal Judge James Zagel said Thursday he would set a retrial date for early January.


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