Rod Blagojevich

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Federal prosecutors have recommended that a judge impose the same 14-year prison sentence on Rod Blagojevich at his August resentencing that the imprisoned governor received at his original sentencing in 2011.

The filing by the U.S. attorney's office at midnight Monday comes after an appeals court struck five of the Chicago Democrat's 18 convictions last year.

Prosecutors said in their 14-page filing that "nothing in the dismissal of the five counts undermines the need for a very significant sentence."

"Prison Bars" by Flickr User Michael Coghlan / (CC X 2.0)

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich gave up his life-sized Elvis Presley statue when he went to prison in 2012, but not his love for the King.

Blagojevich's attorney says in court documents arguing for a reduction in his 14-year sentence that he has studied guitar and formed a band named after one of Elvis's biggest hits: "Jailhouse Rock."

Attorney Leonard Goodman says Blagojevich and another inmate have performed as "The Jailhouse Rockers'' at times. 

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Federal prosecutors and defense attorneys face a midnight deadline for motions regarding the sentence they'd like former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to receive when his case returns to court for a resentencing hearing next month.

Both sides were given until midnight Monday to file their motions in anticipation of the scheduled Aug. 9 hearing before U.S. District Judge James Zagel.

The hearing stems from a ruling last year by an appellate court panel that threw out five of the 18 corruption charges for which Blagojevich was convicted in 2011.

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The Supreme Court won't reconsider its decision to reject former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's of his corruption convictions.

The justices on Monday denied without comment a long-shot petition urging the court to take another look at the case.

The court first turned down Blagojevich's appeal on March 28. He challenged an appeals court ruling that said Blagojevich crossed the line when he sought money in exchange for naming someone to fill the vacant Senate seat once occupied by President Barack Obama.

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Prosecutors say they won't retry former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich on five counts tossed by a federal appeals court and have requested a resentencing date.

Prosecutors' Wednesday filing came two days after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear Blagojevich's appeal of 13 remaining corruption convictions. Those include his attempt to sell an appointment to the Senate vacated by President Barack Obama.

The high court was one of the 59-year-old Democrat's last hopes to have his remaining convictions tossed or to sharply reduce his 14-year prison sentence.

Blagojevich Appeal Rejected By Supreme Court

Mar 28, 2016
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The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday by former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich to throw out his 2008 corruption convictions, which include an attempt to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama. 

An appeals court threw out five of the governor’s 18 convictions last year, but Supreme Court justices said they “drew a line” when he sought money for the vacant seat.  

Blagojevich is awaiting a resentencing trial in July. He currently is serving a 14-year prison sentence.

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The defense attorney for Rod Blagojevich says he will ask a full appellate court in Chicago to re-hear the imprisoned former governor's appeal.

That’s after a panel of three judges tossed out five of 18 corruption convictions.

The appellate panel threw out convictions linked to Blagojevich's attempt to land a post in President Barack Obama's Cabinet by appointing an Obama adviser to the president's old U.S. Senate seat.

The panel also ordered the trial judge to re-sentence Blagojevich, factoring in the overturned counts.

Blagojevich Appeal Audio Now Online

Dec 26, 2013
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On Dec.13, three judges in Chicago listened to an hour of oral arguments on the conviction of Blagojevich. Judge Frank Easterbrook interrupted prosecutors and asked tough questions about their case against the former governor. He cited the case of California Governor Earl Warren promising Dwight Eisenhower political support in exchange for an appointment to the Supreme Court should Eisenhower win the presidency.

The curtains are closing on the Chicago play, "I Wish to Apologize to the People of Illinois" -- a timely production, given that today, Dec. 9, is the fifth anniversary of Rod Blagojevich's arrest.  Two trials later, he was convicted on 18 counts of corruption. 

At Blagojevich's sentencing hearing, the deposed governor said he was sorry for his mistakes.  But he was not the one making apologies in this show.  He's not even a character -- just someone who gets mentioned now and again. 

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A central figure in the Rod Blagojevich investigation was sentenced this week to 27 months in federal prison.

Jacob Kiferbaum wasn’t in Blagojevich’s inner circle, but it was his cooperation that got the ball rolling in the investigation into corruption under former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.

Kiferbaum was a construction company owner who conspired with Stuart Levine, a public official in the Blagojevich administration, to rig contracts. Levine would use his clout to steer contracts to Kiferbaum who would kick some of the money back to Levine.

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