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Drale Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 12:57 PM
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Blagojevich gets 14 years in prison for corruption
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Source: Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) Rod Blagojevich, the ousted Illinois governor whose three-year battle against criminal charges became a national spectacle, was sentenced to 14 years in prison Wednesday, one of the stiffest penalties imposed for corruption in a state with a history of crooked politics.

Blagojevich's 18 convictions included allegations of trying to leverage his power to appoint someone to President Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat to raise campaign cash or land a high-paying job.

Judge James Zagel gave Blagojevich some credit for taking responsibility for his actions which the former governor did in an address to the court earlier in the day but said that didn't mitigate his crimes. Zagel also said Blagojevich did some good things for people as governor, but was more concerned about using his powers for himself.

"When it is the governor who goes bad, the fabric of Illinois is torn and disfigured and not easily repaired," Zagel said.

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  -Blagojevich gets 14 years in prison for corruption Drale  Dec-07-11 12:57 PM   #0 
  - Kind of harsh  RockaFowler   Dec-07-11 01:00 PM   #1 
  - He gets 14 years, his predecessor got 6...Number of deaths casued by Blago = 0  truebrit71   Dec-07-11 01:04 PM   #2 
  - what he did, even more harsh. shoulda got the whole 300 years  leftyohiolib   Dec-07-11 01:10 PM   #3 
  - His hair will suffer. Immensely.  MarkCharles   Dec-07-11 02:33 PM   #14 
  - Oh, he'll just ask Rick Perry for advice. nt  SteveM   Dec-07-11 04:52 PM   #20 
  - I'm oddly comfortable w/harsh sentences for elected officials who abuse their positions. (nt)  Posteritatis   Dec-07-11 03:33 PM   #18 
  - This is 14 years for INTENT to abuse his position. He didn't succeed.  No Elephants   Dec-08-11 12:57 AM   #33 
  - +1  pam4water   Dec-07-11 05:01 PM   #22 
  - And the torturers and war criminals walk free  tblue   Dec-07-11 01:17 PM   #4 
  - Not to mention the bankers, hedge fund managers, Summers, and half of the B and O administrations'  LuckyLib   Dec-07-11 03:32 PM   #16 
     - It's not right. I mean, what he did was DUMB and immoral  tblue   Dec-07-11 04:01 PM   #19 
        - He pissed off Rahm Emanuel.  PassingFair   Dec-07-11 04:59 PM   #21 
        - +1  rtassi   Dec-07-11 05:56 PM   #25 
        - Nope. Not Rahm.  murielm99   Dec-08-11 12:16 AM   #32 
        - Thanks. Blago called Madigan a Bush Republican. So that probably pissed off Rahm too.  No Elephants   Dec-08-11 01:10 AM   #36 
        - Rahm seems way more ruthless than Blago.  No Elephants   Dec-08-11 01:06 AM   #35 
        - Not even what he did. What he INTENDED to do,.  No Elephants   Dec-08-11 12:59 AM   #34 
  - He just offered to sell me his prison sentence. n/t  Ian David   Dec-07-11 01:19 PM   #5 
  - That, Ian David, is damned funny...  russspeakeasy   Dec-07-11 02:25 PM   #12 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Dec-07-11 01:34 PM   #6 
  - If what Blagojevich was convicted of doing got him 14 years,  JDPriestly   Dec-07-11 01:36 PM   #7 
  - So true. The whole system is corrupt.  go west young man   Dec-07-11 09:50 PM   #30 
  - That's what happens when you can't afford a $500 million fine  BeyondGeography   Dec-07-11 01:45 PM   #8 
  - He's off the streets...good bye and good riddance...  SoapBox   Dec-07-11 02:11 PM   #9 
  - Blago's going to a general population prison  Drale   Dec-07-11 02:14 PM   #10 
  - Wow.  No Elephants   Dec-08-11 01:12 AM   #37 
  - What ? How the hell does he get 14 years and the rest of the corrupt  harun   Dec-07-11 02:24 PM   #11 
  - Fourteen years will turn out to be two and half years served en toto.  LanternWaste   Dec-07-11 02:31 PM   #13 
  - The article says he'll have to serve 12.  PassingFair   Dec-07-11 05:03 PM   #23 
  - he'll have to serve at least 85% of the sentence  rollin74   Dec-07-11 07:21 PM   #28 
  - Someone powerful obviously had an interest in nailing Blago, though.  No Elephants   Dec-08-11 01:17 AM   #38 
  - Do Not Pass BlaGo  Blue Owl   Dec-07-11 03:13 PM   #15 
  - anyone know if he will have to serve all 14 or he can get out earlier ?  JI7   Dec-07-11 03:33 PM   #17 
  - federal-you have to serve at least 85% of the sentence  rollin74   Dec-07-11 07:16 PM   #27 
  - Now which Bank CEO was he that got us into this financial mess?  onehandle   Dec-07-11 05:08 PM   #24 
  - Good. He's an embarrassment and disgrace to the Democratic party.  BlueStater   Dec-07-11 06:49 PM   #26 
  - Guess he should have tried to get a human being killed instead. Apparently six years is considered  No Elephants   Dec-08-11 01:24 AM   #39 
  - Interesting how Dems seem to always get double-digit sentences.  Doremus   Dec-07-11 09:30 PM   #29 
  - It's tough out there for a Democrat who rejects Pub Lite!  No Elephants   Dec-08-11 01:27 AM   #40 
  - Yet all those no bid contracts Cheney gave out for Iraq were on the up and up?  go west young man   Dec-07-11 10:48 PM   #31 
  - Here's a couple of tidbits about Blago's enemy,  No Elephants   Dec-08-11 01:54 AM   #41 

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