Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to fourteen years in prison this afternoon for corruption in the attempted selling of President Barack Obama’s former Senate seat. He has 90 days before he has to report to jail.
The Chicago Sun-Times says the judge in the case believed Blagojevich accepted responsibility for the crimes for which he was charged, and gave him slightly less than the full sentence of 15 to 20 years.
Earlier today, Blagojevich apologized for his crimes in court. CNN reports “Blago” said, “I’ve had plenty of time to reflect on all that’s happened. I’m here convicted of crimes and I am accepting of it, acknowledge it.” He said he didn’t think the “routine politics” in which he had been engaging were against the law, but now knows he was mistaken.
Former Illinois Governor George Ryan is already in prison for corruption. In fact, Chicago Now says that half of all Illinois governors since the 1970s have gone to jail. Wow.