Supreme Court won't hear former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's appeal

By Andrew V. Pestano  |  March 28, 2016 at 10:53 AM
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WASHINGTON, March 28 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up an appeal by former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich over his corruption conviction that sentenced him to 14 years.

Blagojevich was convicted in 2011 on 18 counts of corruption charges, including trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat of President Barack Obama. He is serving his prison sentence at a facility in Colorado.

The disgraced governor previously defended himself by arguing the proposed exchange was normal in politics. He is scheduled for release in 2024.

In 2015, an appeals court overturned four of Blagojevich's corruption convictions, saying Blagojevich's attempt to appoint Valerie Jarrett in Obama's former Senate seat in exchange for a position on Obama's Cabinet was "a common exercise in logrolling." The ruling said this didn't violate the law.

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