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Mon Apr 16, 2018, 09:45 AM

Supreme Court rejects ex-Illinois governor's latest appeal

Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s latest bid to shorten his 14-year prison sentence for corruption offenses including soliciting bribes for appointment to the Senate seat that Barack Obama vacated after being elected president in 2008.

The justices left in place a lower court ruling that rejected Blagojevich’s arguments that he deserved leniency because he has been a “model prisoner” in the years he has already spent in federal prison and because some counts in his original 2011 conviction had been thrown out.

Blagojevich, 61, was convicted on charges including wire fraud, extortion and soliciting bribes while governor. He served from January 2003 to January 2009, when the Illinois Senate removed him from office. Blagojevich began serving his sentence in 2012.

Prosecutors said Blagojevich, a Democrat and former contestant on President Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” reality TV show, solicited campaign contributions in exchange for raising pediatric healthcare reimbursement rates and legislation supporting his state’s horse racing industry. Blagojevich also tried to sell or trade the Senate seat that Obama vacated after winning the 2008 U.S. presidential election, prosecutors said.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-blagojevich/supreme-court-rejects-ex-illinois-governors-latest-appeal-idUSKBN1HN1VU



Rot in prison you bastard.

ANY elected official who uses his office for personal gain should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and and should serve their full sentence. (Are you seeing this Spanky?)

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Reply Supreme Court rejects ex-Illinois governor's latest appeal (Original post)
groundloop Apr 2018 OP
YOHABLO Apr 2018 #1
Joe Nation Apr 2018 #2
sandensea Apr 2018 #3
apnu Apr 2018 #5
rockfordfile Apr 2018 #4
machoneman Apr 2018 #6
Marie Marie Apr 2018 #7

Response to groundloop (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 10:00 AM

1. Hmm, no ''Dancing with the Stars"? I thought for sure ... never mind.

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Response to groundloop (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 10:02 AM

2. No fan of Blagos but...

They simply made an example out of this guy. He did nothing different than every politician in the country still doing. He was just stupid enough to get caught red-handed.

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Response to Joe Nation (Reply #2)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 11:27 AM

3. +1

Had he been a Rethug, he'd be collecting a million a year in some part-time K Street lobbying gig.

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Response to sandensea (Reply #3)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 12:09 PM

5. Not totally True. Blago shared the same jail as Illinois other Gov, Ryan who's a Republican.

Illinois has the dubious honor of having back-to-back governors in jail at the same time.

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Response to groundloop (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 11:54 AM

4. They should shorten his sentence if true about "model prisoner".

But of course we have un-American republicans like Trump and Rove not locked up.

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Response to rockfordfile (Reply #4)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 12:20 PM

6. No fan of Blago.....

but perhaps if they did shorten his sentence, he could for say an equal number of years spend perhaps 10 hours every week representing prisoners with appeals or some other worthwhile public service work. Say 500 hours annually for 10 years.

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Response to groundloop (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 03:40 PM

7. If he was a republican, Trump would probably pardon him.

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