Ex-Illinois Governor Blagojevich's Prison Term Upheld

Ex-Illinois Governor Blagojevich’s Prison Term Upheld

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A federal appeals court on Friday rejected former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s bid to shorten his 14-year prison sentence in a public corruption case. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago rejected arguments by Blagojevich, who has already served more than five years in prison. Blagojevich believed that a lesser punishment was justified because of his behavior in prison, and because some of the counts on which he was originally convicted had been thrown out. District Judge James Zagel reimposed the same sentence, recognizing the pain Blagojevich’s family was suffering but concluding that “the fault lies with the governor.”


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