Blagojevich’s attorneys want the court to toss his corruption convictions or at least agree to slash years off his 14-year prison term, which is one of the longest ever imposed for political corruption in a state where four of the last seven governors have ended up in prison.
As deposed governor Rod Blagojevich serves his 14-year sentence on convictions that included trying to sell a U.S. Senate seat, his brother is headed to Washington to talk about who he claims offered to buy it.
U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is predicting he’ll be “vindicated” by an ethics investigation into whether he or someone on his behalf offered to raise funds for ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich in return for an appointment to President Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat.
Sounding nervous and hesitant, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Wednesday tried to explain his most notorious comment caught on FBI wiretaps in his corruption case, but told his defense attorney he was “afraid” to do so.
As federal prosecutors continued to focus on allegations that Rod Blagojevich was trying to sell or trade an appointment to the U.S. Senate, jurors in his retrial heard the former governor saying “it’s very important for me to make a lot of money.”
The House ethics committee has agreed to hold off on its investigation into whether U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was involved in former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s alleged attempt to sell a Senate seat.
Republican Mark Kirk has won the race for the U.S. Senate seat, according to the Associated Press.
Civility is a thing of the past in the race for President Barack Obama’s former U.S. Senate seat.
A judge on Friday granted a request to delay former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s retrial until April 20.