Contact Us

Ex-Governor Rod Blagojevich’s Appeal to Reduce Sentence is Rejected by Appeals Court

Rod Blagojevich Makes A Statement Before Beginning 14-Year Prison Term
Getty Images

A federal appeals court today rejected former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s bid to shorten his 14-year prison sentence in a public corruption case.

Blagojevich’s lawyers had argued before the 7th U.S. District Court of Appeals that the former governor had already been behind bars for 5 years, was a model prisoner, and that some of the counts that he had been convicted on had since been thrown out.

Apparently, none of those reasons swayed the court.

From Reuters:

Blagojevich, 60, had been convicted in 2011 and sentenced to the 14-year term for abusing his powers as governor, including by trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barack Obama after he won the 2008 presidential election. In 2015, the appeals court threw out five of the 18 counts on which Blagojevich was convicted and ordered his resentencing. Last August, however, U.S. 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.”

The written opinion from the three-judge panel says, “Blagojevich’s treatment of fellow inmates may show that outside of office he is an admirable person.” The opinion goes on to point out that Blagojevich is being punished for his acts as a governor, not as a prison inmate.

There’s been no statement yet from Blagojevich, his family, or his legal team.

Recommended For You

Best Of The Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://1440wrok.com using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Insider quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Insider contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.