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Trump says he’s considering commutation for Blagojevich

President Donald Trump says he’s “very strongly” considering commuting the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is serving a 14-year prison term for multiple federal corruption convictions.

Trump mulls commuting Blagojevich’s term, pardoning Stewart

President Donald Trump said Thursday that he’s considering commuting the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted of corruption, and pardoning lifestyle maven Martha Stewart, who did a stint in federal prison after she was convicted of charges related to a stock sale.

Blagojevich attorneys again seek reduction in 14-year term

Attorneys for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich urged an appellate panel Tuesday to grant him a third sentencing hearing, arguing their client’s behavior in prison justifies sharply reducing his 14-year term for corruption.

Prison job, tedium await Blagojevich

Convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich left his home early today for a trip that will end at a federal prison in Colorado, the latest chapter in a stunning downfall of a charismatic politician that has seemed more like a bizarre reality TV show than a legal battle.

Blagojevich gets 14 years in prison for corruption

Rod Blagojevich, the ousted Illinois governor whose three-year battle against criminal charges became a national spectacle, was sentenced to 14 years in prison today, one of the stiffest penalties imposed for corruption in a state with a history of crooked politics.

Rod Blagojevich sentencing hearing begins

Two trials and almost exactly three years after being arrested, Illinois’ ousted governor Rod Blagojevich soon will learn his punishment for corruption convictions that include trying to sell or trade an appointment to the Senate seat being vacated by President Barack Obama.

Closing arguments in Blagojevich trial

CHICAGO – Two portraits of Illinois’ disgraced former governor emerged Tuesday from his corruption trial: An insecure bumbler who talked too much and a greedy, smart political schemer determined to use his power to enrich himself. The contrasting images were offered by a prosecutor and a defense attorney as they finished closing arguments and prepared to hand the case over to the jury, which was scheduled to begin deliberating Rod Blagojevich’s fate today after hearing seven weeks of evidence.

Blagojevich case detailed in document

CHICAGO – Federal prosecutors’ latest portrait of Rod Blagojevich in his final days as Illinois governor reveal a man fed up with his $177,000-a-year job, desperate for cash and seeing his power to appoint someone to President Barack Obama’s old Senate seat as his ticket to a “good gig.” Blagojevich is quoted in a 91-page document released Wednesday, a preview of the evidence prosecutors plan to present at his racketeering and fraud trial due to start June 3.

Blagojevich book blames prosecutor for his downfall

CHICAGO – Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich blames overzealous prosecutors and political enemies for his downfall in a new book that offers glimpses of both his rocky six-year tenure and his upcoming criminal defense. “The Governor” describes his arrest on widespread corruption charges that included trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama. In keeping with the governor’s long-held position that he has been victimized by rivals and “unethical” prosecutors, Blagojevich writes that his guiding thought in selecting a new senator was “How much do I love the people of Illinois?”

Burris discussed Senate seat with Blagojevich’s brother

CHICAGO – Sen. Roland Burris, D-Ill., can be heard on an FBI audio recording promising to make a campaign contribution to then-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich at the same time he was pressing the governor for a Senate appointment. The recording, secretly made by the FBI and released Tuesday by a Chicago federal judge as part of a Senate ethics investigation, contradicts a Jan. 5 Burris affidavit in which he said under oath that he had not discussed the Senate seat with Blagojevich or any of his representatives.

Court ruling curtails Blagojevich’s TV career

CHICAGO – A federal judge on Tuesday denied former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s bid to join a reality TV show in Costa Rica and told him it’s time he focus on the actual reality of his criminal trial. U.S. District Judge James Zagel told Blagojevich it was a “bad idea” for the ex-governor to spend a few weeks running through the jungle trying not to get voted off a show by viewers, all while ignoring the voluminous government evidence against him.

Federal grand jury indicts Blagojevich

CHICAGO – A federal grand jury charged former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Thursday with racketeering, extortion and fraud, opening a new chapter in the prosecution of the voluble Democrat who could spend years behind bars if convicted. The 75-page indictment, which also charged Blagojevich’s brother and several close aides, describes a political operation designed from the beginning of his first term to strengthen the governor’s hold on power and make money that Blagojevich would receive after he left office.

Democrats back away from Burris

CHICAGO – U.S. Sen. Roland Burris’ failure to fully disclose his ties to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has put his future in the Senate “in question,” U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said Wednesday. Even as Burris urged Illinois politicians and citizens to “stop the rush to judgment,” the remarks by Durbin – and those by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid – captured the political maelstrom that has engulfed Illinois’ junior senator in his first month on the job.