US Supreme Court Allows Blagojevich Convictions Stand Without Comment

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They included seeking to trade an appointment to the Senate seat Barack Obama vacated to become president for campaign cash.

The justices left in place a lower court ruling that rejected Blagojevich's arguments that he deserved leniency because he has been a "model prisoner" in the years he has already spent in federal prison and because some counts in his original 2011 conviction had been thrown out.

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday it will not hear former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's appeal, marking the end of a decadelong legal road and virtually guaranteeing he will remain in prison until 2024 barring a presidential pardon or commutation.

Blagojevich attorney Len Goodman said Monday his client's punishment was disproportional. He was trying to convince them that the law he was convicted of violating is not evenly enforced-or interpreted-across the U.S. The ex-governor believes that what is legal political horse-trading in some states is an illegal quid pro quo in others-and was asking the Supreme Court to straighten out the confusion.

The Supreme Court for the second time has refused to hear an appeal by imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich of his corruption convictions. He served from January 2003 to January 2009, when the Illinois Senate removed him from office.

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Rod Blagojevich was the 40th governor of IL.

His wife, Patti Blagojevich, said in a written statement that she and her two children "could not be more disappointed in the decision".

The court also refused to hear his 2016 appeal. The justices on Monday made a decision to hear none of the cases on their current weekly list-and denied dozens. That is a 1% success ratio-a ratio that Illinois' former governor on Monday did not make.

Blagojevich was hoping for a hearing from the Supreme Court but is out of luck. "We will continue to push forward and work towards the day when our family can be whole again". Blago was actually on Trump's Celebrity Apprentice show in 2010.

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