Blagojevich Sentenced to 14 Years

by Patrick Brennan

Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, already convicted of attempting to sell Barack Obama’s empty Senate seat to the highest bidder, has now been sentenced. CBS reports:

A federal judge has sentenced Rod Blagojevich to 14 years for corruption … It’s one of the stiffest penalties for corruption in a state with a history of crooked politics.

Blagojevich apologized for his crimes and asked for mercy in addressing the judge earlier Wednesday.His attorneys had said the sentence of 15 to 20 years prosecutors wanted was too harsh.

He is the second successive Illinois governor sentenced for corruption. His Republican predecessor, George Ryan, is serving a 6 1/2 year term.

Illinois may be a bit embarrassed by having two consecutive governors sent to prison for corruption, but this isn’t anything particularly shocking for state governments: The last three speakers of the Massachusetts House, for instance, have been federally indicted.

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