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U.S. Supreme Court again refuses to hear Blagojevich appeal

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich speaks to the media outside his home March 14, 2012, in Chicago as his wife, Patti, wipes away tears a day before he was to report to a prison after his conviction on corruption charges.
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich speaks to the media outside his home March 14, 2012, in Chicago as his wife, Patti, wipes away tears a day before he was to report to a prison after his conviction on corruption charges.

CHICAGO – The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that it will not hear an appeal by imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich of his corruption convictions, the second time in two years it has declined to take up his case.

The nation’s highest court offered no explanation for its decision, letting stand the Chicago Democrat’s convictions. They included seeking to trade an appointment to the Senate seat Barack Obama vacated to become president for campaign cash.

Blagojevich, 61, began serving his 14-year prison sentence in 2012. His scheduled release date is 2024.

His wife, Patti Blagojevich, said in a written statement that she and her two children “could not be more disappointed in the decision.”

“From the beginning we’ve had faith in the system and have felt the court would bring Rod back to us,” she said. “Now, with the judiciary no longer an option, we’ll have to put our faith elsewhere and find another way.”

She didn’t mention President Donald Trump. But one option could be asking him to commute Blagojevich’s sentence or pardon him. Blagojevich was on Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” reality TV show in 2010.

Blagojevich’s lawyers argued the Supreme Court should take up Blagojevich’s case to clarify what they argued are blurry lines between what constitutes legal and illegal political fundraising.

Blagojevich attorney Len Goodman said Monday that his client’s punishment was disproportional.

“Rod Blagojevich never sought a bribe or a kickback; he never took a penny from his campaign fund; he never promised anything to any donor in exchange for a campaign donation,” he said in a written statement. “Yet he is serving one of the longest prison sentences ever handed down to an elected official.”

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