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Rod Blagojevich

After Judge Deals Setback, Blagojevich Lawyers Make Impassioned Plea For Mercy

After being dealt an early setback from the judge hearing his case, defense attorneys for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich made an impassioned plea for mercy at his sentencing hearing, drawing on his family’s own words about the devastating impact a long sentence would have on them.

CBS Chicago–12/06/2011

Rod Blagojevich outside his home on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 (CBS)

Prosecutors: Blagojevich Trying To Dodge Responsibility

One day before Rod Blagojevich’s sentencing hearing was set to begin, federal prosecutors reasserted that the former governor has never accepted responsibility for his crimes and urged the judge to reject Blagojevich’s push for leniency.

CBS Chicago–12/05/2011

Rod Blagojevich and his wife Patti arrive at the federal courthouse where opening remarks were delivered at his corruption retrial on May 2, 2011. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Quiet Weekend For Blagojevich Ahead Of Sentencing

It’s a quiet weekend for convicted ex-governor Rod Blagojevich and his family, just days before his sentencing hearing.

CBS Chicago–12/04/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Feds Want 15-20 Year Sentence For Blago; Defense Seeks Much Less

Federal prosecutors intend to ask a federal judge to sentence former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to a 15- to 20-year prison term. But defense attorneys are seeking a much lighter sentence, arguing Blagojevich never profited from the crimes on which he was convicted and caused no public harm.

CBS Chicago–11/30/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Judge Rips Blago’s Bid To Play New Tapes At Sentencing

The federal judge who will sentence impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich on corruption charges has harsh words for one of the former governor’s latest legal moves.

11/28/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Blagojevich Wants To Play New Tapes At Sentencing

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is asking to play wiretap recordings that were previously placed under seal when he’s sentenced next month.

CBS Chicago–11/25/2011

Antoin 'Tony' Rezko

Political Fundraiser Rezko Gets 10 1/2 Years

Antoin “Tony” Rezko, a top adviser and fundraiser for deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich, has been sentenced to 10 1/2 in prison, a full three years after he was convicted on corruption charges.

CBS Chicago–11/22/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Blagojevich Sentencing Set For December

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s sentencing hearing has been scheduled for next month.

CBS Chicago–11/07/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Supreme Court Suspends Blagojevich’s Law License

The Illinois Supreme Court has suspended former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s law license “until further notice.”

CBS Chicago–10/26/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Blagojevich Sentencing Hearing Delayed

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s sentencing hearing – originally set for next week – has been delayed indefinitely.

CBS Chicago–09/26/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Feds: Rod Blagojevich Could Get 30 Years To Life In Prison

Prosecutors are apparently looking to throw the book at convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich – they are estimating that he could get 30 years to life in prison.

CBS Chicago–09/14/2011

Former Illinois Governor George Ryan speaks to the news media at the federal courthouse following a verdict of guilty on all counts in his corruption trial April 17, 2006  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Panel Rejects Former Gov. Ryan’s Latest Appeal

An appeals panel has turned down former Gov. George Ryan’s bid to have his conviction overturned, just nine days after he lost his wife to lung cancer.

CBS Chicago–07/06/2011

Rod Blagojevich speaks after his conviction. (CBS)

Blagojevich Defense Appears To Be Working Toward Appeal

Rod Blagojevich’s defense team appears to have taken its first steps toward filing an appeal of his conviction on 17 corruption counts last month.

CBS Chicago–07/05/2011

Lura Lynn Ryan

Lura Lynn Ryan Laid To Rest At Private Ceremony

Lura Lynn Ryan, the wife of imprisoned former Gov. George Ryan was buried on Tuesday at a private service and Ryan’s lawyer said the former governor was not there.

CBS Chicago–06/29/2011

Rod Blagojevich speaks after his conviction. (CBS)

Blagojevich Convicted On 17 Counts

It took two tries, but federal prosecutors got the victory they were looking for when a federal jury convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich of several corruption charges on Monday.

CBS Chicago–06/27/2011

Blagojevich Leaves For Verdict

Verdict Reached On 18 Counts In Blagojevich Trial

A verdict has been reached on all but two counts in the re-trial of deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

CBS Chicago–06/27/2011

Rod Blagojevich and his wife Patti arrive at the federal courthouse where opening remarks were delivered at his corruption retrial on May 2, 2011. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Blagojevich Jury Ends Another Week Of Deliberations

The ninth day of deliberations is underway for jurors deciding the fate of deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

CBS Chicago–06/23/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Day 8 Of Deliberations Over For Blago Jury, Still No Verdict

The jury in Rod Blagojevich’s corruption retrial wrapped up its 8th day of deliberations on Wednesday without reaching a verdict.

CBS Chicago–06/22/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Blagojevich Jury Finishes Day 7 Without Verdict

The federal jury deciding former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s fate finished its seventh day of deliberations on Tuesday without reaching a verdict.

CBS Chicago–06/21/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Blagojevich Jurors Deliberate Another Day With No Verdict

The jury in Rod Blagojevich’s corruption retrial wrapped up another day of deliberations on Monday without reaching a verdict.

CBS Chicago–06/20/2011

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