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Move Afoot To Suspend Blagojevich’s Law License

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Deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich returns to his house after learning of his guilty verdict. (Credit: CBS)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich has suffered another indignity.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports, a move is afoot to suspend Blagojevich’s license to practice law.

The Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission has filed papers with the Illinois Supreme Court, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports

As quoted by the Sun-Times, the filing says in part, “due to the egregious breadth of the respondent’s conduct while governor of this state as concluded by two separate juries, an interim suspension is appropriate at this time.”

Blagojevich’s attorneys offered to withdraw his law license, but it doesn’t work that way, and the offer was rejected, the newspaper reported.

Blagojevich was originally set to be sentenced next week, but U.S. District Judge James B. Zagel has delayed the sentencing, as he will be presiding over the trial of Springfield power broker William Cellini at the time.

At his retrial this summer, Blagojevich, 54, was convicted on 17 various corruption counts, including allegations that he tried to sell or trade an appointment to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama in late 2008. At his first trial last year, jurors deadlocked on all but one count, finding Blagojevich guilty of lying to the FBI.

Blagojevich faces a maximum of 305 years behind bars if he were to receive consecutive sentences for each individual count, but legal experts have said it is likely he’ll be sentenced to somewhere between 6 and 15 years.

Although prosecutors have yet to make a recommendation on Blagojevich’s sentence, they have calculated that he could face 30 years to life in prison.

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