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14 years in prison for former Governor Blagojevich

Posted by wlpo on December 7, 2011

CHICAGO (AP) – The federal judge who sentenced Rod Blagojevich to 14 years in prison said the former Illinois governor eroded public trust in government and the good he did didn’t mitigate his crimes.

U.S. District Judge James Zagel sentenced Blagojevich on Wednesday after listening to the 54-year-old Democrat make a last-ditch plea for mercy.

Zagel says Blagojevich did some good things for people as governor but that he’s more concerned that the former governor wanted to use his powers for himself.

Zagel says Blagojevich’s crimes were especially harmful because of the position he held. Zagel said: “When it is the governor who goes bad, the fabric of Illinois is torn and disfigured and not easily repaired.”

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