Supreme Court Rejects Rod Blagojevich Appeal
This morning's decision by the Supreme Court basically means that Illinois' former Governor has run out of chances to get out of prison early.
The one remaining chance appears to be an incredibly slim one--clemency granted by President Trump. Not something that Blagojevich should pin a lot of his hopes on.
The justices did not comment Monday in letting stand the convictions and 14-year prison term that Blagojevich is serving. He’s scheduled to be released in 2024.
Blagojevich’s lawyers had wanted the high court to take up his case to make clear what constitutes illegal political fundraising. They argued that politicians are vulnerable to prosecution because the line between what’s allowed and what’s illegal is blurry.
His convictions included trying to extort a children’s hospital for contributions and seeking to trade an appointment to the Senate seat Barack Obama vacated when he was elected president for campaign cash.
Blagojevich had hoped that the high court would offer him a life-line in late 2015, but was rejected in early 2016, too.
Warning! The video below features lots of NSFW language. Seriously, this guy's language would make a pirate blush:
"Stuck" in the job of Illinois governor. Not really a problem for him anymore.