Blagojevich Gets 14 Years On Corruption Charges

Law360, Chicago (December 7, 2011, 1:55 PM EST) -- Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison Wednesday for pursuing extortion schemes and trying to sell President Barack Obama’s vacant U.S. Senate seat, a punishment prosecutors said should serve as a strong warning against public corruption.

U.S. District Judge James B. Zagel handed down the 168-month sentence and fined the fallen politician $20,000 after a full day of arguments from his lawyers Tuesday and a comparatively brief government statement Wednesday, during which prosecutor Reid Schar said Blagojevich should receive a term...
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