When someone gets a lengthy prison sentence here or in the U-S an appeal is usually next on the to-do list.
Remember Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich? He got 14 years in jail, for, among other things, trying to trade an appointment to President Obama’s old U-S Senate seat for campaign money.
Fourteen years – that’s more than some people get for killing someone, but the case was pretty high profile and involved lying to federal agents.
Since then, Appeals Court struck down five of his 18 convictions and a new sentencing hearing was ordered.
At 59, he’s been in prison for just four years and there were pleas for leniency.
His wife, Patti, wrote to the court that she is quote, “pleading, indeed, begging” that her husband be freed. “He’s missing out on his daughter as she grows up” your honor”.
His defense lawyer suggested five years, which would get him out soon, and pointed to his exemplary prison behavior.
The prosecution didn’t buy it. For trying to sell a senate seat, they said leave the term at 14 years.
And, the judge did.
Do you agree, or should the judge have given him a break for his daughter?
Let me know what you think.