Illinois politicians were quick to weigh in after former Gov. Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison on Wednesday for his corruption convictions, largely saying they hope it puts an end to corruption in the governor’s office.
Members of the jury that convicted Rod Blagojevich of 17 corruption counts this past summer said they saw a very different man in court on Wednesday from the cocky, glad-handing politician they watched for more nearly two months at his trial.
Ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison on Wednesday, after apologizing for making “terrible mistakes,” capping a nearly three-year saga for Illinois.
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.
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.
It’s a quiet weekend for convicted ex-governor Rod Blagojevich and his family, just days before his sentencing hearing.
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.
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.
Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is asking to play wiretap recordings that were previously placed under seal when he’s sentenced next month.
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.
Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s sentencing hearing has been scheduled for next month.
The Illinois Supreme Court has suspended former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s law license “until further notice.”
Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s sentencing hearing – originally set for next week – has been delayed indefinitely.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A verdict has been reached on all but two counts in the re-trial of deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
The ninth day of deliberations is underway for jurors deciding the fate of deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich.