Today is not a cheerful day for former Governor Rod Blagojevich. Federal prosecutors asked the judge to consider a 15 – 20 year sentence for his conviction on corruption charges. The most serious charge was allegations that he tried to sell or trade an appointment to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama.
Blago cried “I’m innocent!” for the months leading up to his trial, but that probably won’t work when it comes down to the sentencing. Prosecutors had tough words during the hearing; saying “In light of Blagojevich’s extensive corruption of high office, the damage he caused to the integrity of Illinois government and the need to deter others from similar acts, the government suggests a sentence of 15 to 20 years imprisonment is sufficient but not greater than necessary.” The judge will likely take those words to heart when considering his jail time.
The sentencing should serve as a warning for other corrupt politicians who are surely keeping a close eye on the outcome. Blago will be sentenced next week for his 18 charges of corruption. He probably won’t have his hair spiked-up and that smug smile across his face during that hearing.
This will be a sad day for his wife and kids, but a good day for Chicago politics. Shady things have happened far too long in the political world…it is time they start cracking down. Blagojevich’s lawyers said they will seek probation…good luck with that request.
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