A federal judge has rejected former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich‘s bid to lighten his 14-year prison sentence, the AP reported Tuesday.
The disgraced former governor was convicted in 2011 of a panoply of corruption charges, including 17 counts of bribery, wire fraud, attempted extortion, extortion conspiracy, and bribery conspiracy.
Blagojevich became eligible for re-sentencing after an appeals court tossed out five of those convictions related to his alleged efforts to trade Barack Obama‘s vacated Senate seat for a higher position for himself. Blagojevich infamously boasted in a Nov. 2008 wiretapped phone call, “I’ve got this thing and it’s fucking golden, and, uh, uh, I’m just not giving it up for fuckin’ nothing.”
The appeals court upheld the convictions related to Blagojevich’s efforts to sell the seat for cash. Other standing convictions include his efforts to extort a children’s hospital for campaign contributions and his lying to the FBI.
U.S. District Judge James Zagel — the same judge who handed down the 14-year sentence in 2011 — rejected the bid for lenient sentencing Tuesday. In 2011, Zagel informed Blagojevich that “the fabric of Illinois is torn and disfigured” by his actions.
Sam Reisman (@thericeman) is a staff editor at Mediaite.
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