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Rod Blagojevich Is Sentenced

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich Is Sentenced
Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Rod Blagojevich is finally learning his fate after being convicted of public corruption. He was arrested on December 9, 2008 and was later convicted.

When the then senate seat of Barack Obama became available due to him running for president in 2008, Rod Blagojevich sought to sell or trade an appointment to have the vacated Senate seat for campaign cash or a top job. He had denied ever doing so, but later recounted and has now accepted responsibility for what he did.

Judge James Zagel handed down a sentence of 14 years to the ousted Illinois governor on Wednesday. He was not thwarted by the letter that Blagojevich's 15 year old daughter, Amy wrote to him in a plea to not send her father to prison. He was already leaning towards a stiff sentence for the crime Blagojevich committed, which included lying to the FBI.

Blagojevich is expected to spend a couple weeks in freedom before going off to prison to serve his term. Being the "getting things done" personality that he is, he will likely spend less than the full 14 years in prison for good behavior. Is this a fair sentence? Does the crime fit the time? Regardless, the judge's decision is final!






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