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Rod Blagojevich Sentenced To 14 Years In Prison


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CBS Chicago:

CHICAGO (CBS) – Ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison on Wednesday, after apologizing for making “terrible mistakes,” capping a nearly three-year saga for Illinois.

The sentence is the longest ever handed down to a convicted Illinois governor and one of the longest for any political corruption case in state history.

“His abuse of the office of governor is more damaging than the abuse of any other office in the United States except president,” U.S. District Judge James Zagel said in announcing Blagojevich’s sentence for 18 corruption charges, including his attempt to sell or trade an appointment to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama.

“When a state senator takes a bribe, that’s one person out of 59. … You are not to be compared with those who hold lesser positions in government. You, as a governor are seen to control all of them, though I concede in practice you don’t,” Zagel added. “When it is the governor who goes bad, the fabric of Illinois is torn and disfigured and not easily or quickly repaired.”

After the sentence was announced Blagojevich mouthed “don’t worry” to his wife, Patti, and touched her hand before walking up to the bench, as the judge ordered him to surrender to the Bureau of Prison son Feb. 16.

The judge also imposed fines and penalties totaling nearly $22,000.

Buh-bye, Blago.
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