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Share Your Thoughts: Blagojevich Gets 14 Years in Prison

What are your thoughts on the sentence of Illinois' former governor?

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was sentenced this afternoon to 14 years in prison for his June conviction on 17 counts of federal corruption charges.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Blagojevich told Federal Judge James Zagel on Wednesday morning that he was sorry for his actions in try to sell the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by President Barack Obama. He spoke for about 20 minutes at his his sentencing hearing.

Blagojevich, who had faced 20 corruption charges in his second trial, was convicted on 11 charges for trying to sell the Senate seat. He was also found guilty of attempting to shake down executives for campaign donations.

Blagojevich is the fourth Illinois governor in the last 40 years to be found guilty of crimes. Former Illinois governors George Ryan, Dan Walker and Otto Kerner have also been convicted.

Leslie Green December 08, 2011 at 08:48 PM
Way too harsh...waste of tax $ to keep him there, not to mention the millions wasted already on trial. When will all the other professional crooks (politicians) be investigated? Hmmm...just the usual bs, people...
Beth December 08, 2011 at 09:44 PM
Peteee363.....read the papers, watch the news SEVERAL of his buddys were indicted as well.....Rezko got 10.5 years and others got time as well, one close friend of his committed suicide over the whole mess.....Rod isn't going down alone!!
wanda petrucci December 08, 2011 at 09:47 PM
Peetee363...I'm not suggesting he should not have been punished, and I'm totally okay with the term of his sentence. As I said...couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. The kids (unfortunately) are part of the collateral damage. Yes, he should have been thinking of them before becoming a crook. I just feel badly for them because given the choice, I'm sure they would have opted for a dad that wasn't such a s**thead. Just sayin...
Chris Otis December 09, 2011 at 12:26 AM
Tired of hearing about the SOB. Lock him up now. Why the f
Mike January 16, 2012 at 02:55 PM
It proves that if you have money or political pull of any kind or are a celebrity or especially if you are a convicted politician, you can just take your time to enter the prison system. I can imagine an ordinary citizen allowed to take a few months before going to the home he worked to get in!

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