AirTalk for December 7, 2011

Blagojevich sentenced to 14 years for corruption charges

Blagojevich Names Roland Burris To Fill Obama Senate Seat

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Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (L) with his choice to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama, former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris (R) in 2008.

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison today for 18 convictions of corruption. As a last gasp for mercy, Blagojevich actually apologized for and acknowledged his crimes, which is quite a turn from his three-year commitment to his innocence.

The judge commended him for taking responsibility and for some of his positive decisions as Illinois governor, but said that wasn't enough to mitigate his criminal acts.

WEIGH IN:

Has Blagojevich already suffered enough, as his defense team argued in court? Is this sentence too harsh? What does this all mean for Illinois and its history of crooked politics?

Guest:

Robert Wildeboer, Criminal Justice Reporter, Chicago Public Radio


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