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14 Years in Prison Not So 'Golden' for Blago. What Do You Think?

Effort to sell Barack Obama's Senate seat ultimately leads to a 14-year prison sentence for the disgraced ex-governor. Take the Patch poll.

Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison Wednesday.

Convicted on 18 federal counts, the governor who was impeached and booted out of office had tried to trade on his ability to appoint Barack Obama's successor in the Senate in exchange for campaign cash or an appointment to a federal job.

The governor famously described the vacant seat as "f---ing golden" and an opportunity not to be wasted, statements captured on federal wiretaps.

"When it is the governor who goes bad, the fabric of Illinois is torn and disfigured and not easily repaired," Judge James Zagel said as he handed down the sentence.

Prosecutors wanted 15 to 20 years.

Blagojevich, who at all times in his political life played the role of jaunty, glad-handing performer, even as he was on trial, seemed subdued Wednesday as he apologized to the court for his misdeeds.

"I'm here convicted of crimes," Blagojevich said. "I am accepting of it, I acknowledge it and I of course am unbelievably sorry for it."

Blagojevich, who will be 55 on Dec. 10, embraced his wife and brushed tears from her cheeks after the sentence was read. He'll go behind bars on Feb. 16.

[ The Complete Report: Huffington Post Chicago's Rod Blagojevich page. ]

[ The FBI's Release: Longest Prison Term for Ex-Governor. ]

Russ December 11, 2011 at 01:12 AM
Oak lawn gal yea,sorry I apologize
nick December 11, 2011 at 02:44 AM
Unfortunately the court let Blago have about 71 days before he has to report to jail. It would have been better if Blago was cuffed and taken right to prison. His lawyer is all ready talking about an appeal and asking the court if Blago can stay out of prison while the case is being appealed.
Baba Wawa December 11, 2011 at 02:55 PM
Neil, are you talking about Frank Calabrese, Sr.? This guy: http://www.chicagotribune.com/services/chi-090129-secets,0,4322942.story If this is of whom you are speaking, uh, he got life, not 12 years. You're a little off. And he didn't "cop" to 14 murders. You're implying he plead guilty/admitted to them. He didn't. That's why there was a trial.
Neil Callahan December 11, 2011 at 04:11 PM
Ted, I should research, more thoroughly, information I'm fed, before I shoot my mouth off. I will now delete my reply.
Baba Wawa December 11, 2011 at 06:53 PM
"His lawyer is all ready talking about an appeal and asking the court if Blago can stay out of prison while the case is being." Which is not uncommon.

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