Ex-Prosecutor: Rezko’s Sentence A Bad Sign For Blagojevich

CHICAGO (CBS) — A 10 1/2-year sentence for political fundraiser Tony Rezko is not a good sign for deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich, according to a former federal prosecutor.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Nancy Harty reports, the Blagojevich and Rezko cases are not legally connected to each other, and are before different judges. But former Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeff Cramer says the sentences have to make sense in relationship to each other.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Nancy Harty reports

He says he does not see a scenario where Rezko would serve more time than Blagojevich, the man who was benefiting from some of the schemes Rezko was convicted of.

Cramer expects Blagojevich’s sentence to be 12 to 15 years – higher than the 7 to 10 years he predicted before Rezko learned his fate.

Cramer says of course, U.S. District Judge James Zagel can do whatever he wishes, within the guidelines, when he sentences the ex-governor on Dec. 6.

Rezko was sentenced Tuesday morning by U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve to concurrent terms of 10 1/2 years and 10 years. He will get credit for time served, which means he will be out of prison in about seven years.

Rezko was found guilty by a federal jury in June 2008 of squeezing millions of dollars from firms for the privilege of state business.

In his second trial, Blagojevich was convicted this summer of 17 various corruption counts, including charges he tried to sell or trade an appointment to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama in late 2008. His first trial had resulted in a hung jury on all but one count, a conviction for lying to the FBI.

  • I've Got This Thing.........

    If Rezko gets 10 years after ultimately cooperating, pleading guilty, and volunteering for jail earlier than required, then Blago should get 80-90 years for remaining arrogant right up to the end.

  • Lyndia

    80-90 years for remaining aggorant right up to the end? I am glad that is your opinion and not the law. Some of you people have NEVER did anything wrong. Right?

  • Jim Hamilton

    I have a dream too

    DECATUR, Ill. (CBS) — A downstate lawmaker would like to kick Chicago and Cook County out of the Illinois.
    CBS 2 Political Producer Ed Marshall says state Rep. Bill Mitchell (R-Decatur) finds that Cook County dominates all politics and legislation in Springfield, and he thinks it is time for the state to cut its largest population center adrift for the “betterment” of the rest of Illinois.
    He says Cook County should be allowed to exist apart from the state like the District of Columbia, with its own government.

    Contact your local Reps to support this bill


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