CHICAGO (AP) — Rod Blagojevich, who rode his talkative everyman image to two terms as Illinois governor before scandal made him a national punch line, was convicted Monday of a wide range of corruption charges, including the incendiary allegation that he tried to sell or trade President Barack Obama's Senate seat.
The verdict was a bitter defeat for Blagojevich, who had spent 2½ years professing his innocence on reality TV shows and later on the witness stand. His defense team had insisted that hours of FBI wiretap recordings were just the ramblings of a politician who liked to think out loud.
He faces up to 300 years in prison, although federal sentencing guidelines are sure to significantly reduce his time behind bars.
Three hundred years would be more than a bit excessive. Unnamed legal experts say he'll get somewhere around ten years, and probably not more than fifteen.
WhyTF do I feel a little sorry for him? He was a dishonest, opportunistic politician who seemed not to care a whit about doing the right thing unless there was obvious personal gain in it. I guess I feel sorry for his kids. His kids are young.