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Dec 07, 2011 · Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich was convicted on corruption charges

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Rod Blagojevich was convicted Monday on 17 of the 20 public corruption charges against him
For a while, Blagojevich wasn’t even the highest-level government official at FCI Englewood. Alfonso Portillo, the former president of Guatemala who pleaded guilty to laundering $2.5 million in bribes from Taiwan, spent time there before being released in 2015. Also at FCI Englewood for a spell: Mike Carona, the former sheriff of Orange County, California, who was convicted of ordering witnesses to lie during a corruption probe.

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But McDonnell's appeal of his federal court conviction did not appear to be headed that way. Breyer and Kagan were just as skeptical of the federal laws used to indict and convict public officials as their conservative colleagues. Unlike many politicians who wound up in prison, McDonnell cuts something of a sympathetic figure: a deeply religious family man whose marriage and finances went sour during his term-limited tenure as governor. The high court, in fact, appeared to tip its hand in his favor last August when it allowed McDonnell to remain free while fighting his conviction. The stakes were high not just for McDonnell, a rising star-turned-fallen angel in Republican circles. Politicians and prosecutors who tangle over bribery, extortion and corruption statutes also were listening for the justices' views on what constitutes business as usual in the corridors of power — and what's a felony. Former governors such as Alabama's Don Siegelman and Illinois' Rod Blagojevich and George Ryan were convicted under bribery and "honest services" statutes.


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, the former governor of who for years proclaimed he was innocent of federal corruption charges, apologized on Wednesday for his crimes. He apologized to his trial judge. He apologized to his family. He apologized to the residents of Illinois, who had heard his voice on secretly recorded phone calls as he crassly spoke of what he might get in exchange for a seat.

Apparently, it was not enough. Mr. Blagojevich, a Democrat who won two terms in the governor’s office, was sentenced to 14 years in prison on his 18 corruption convictions, counts that include trying to sell or trade the Senate seat that became vacant when went to the White House. The sentence was just short of what prosecutors had sought, tougher than those for previous Illinois governors convicted of crimes, and was widely viewed as a particularly firm punishment intended to send a loud, memorable signal in a state that has been plagued with political corruption for decades.

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A jury on Monday convicted , the former governor of , of a broad pattern of corruption, including charges that he tried to personally benefit from his role in selecting a replacement for in the .

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“If there’s a public official out there who is thinking about committing a crime, boy, they ought to be thinking twice,” , the attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, said of Mr. Blagojevich’s 14-year sentence, of which he is expected to serve almost 12 years at a minimum. Mr. Ryan, a Republican who was also convicted of federal corruption charges, is serving far less: six and a half years.

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Mr. Blagojevich, a lawyer and former state and federal lawmaker, was accused of trying to secure campaign contributions, a cabinet post or a high-paying job in exchange for his official acts as governor — whether that was picking a senator, supporting particular legislation or deciding how to spend state money. Mr. Blagojevich was acquitted on one charge of bribery, and the jury deadlocked on two counts of attempted extortion, but convictions came on the bulk of the counts and on those related to the Senate seat — the claims that had drawn international headlines.

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A version of this article appears in print on December 8, 2011, on Page A22 of the with the headline: Blagojevich Draws 14-Year Sentence for Corruption Conviction.