Newly released FBI wiretaps captured Illinois governor candidate J.B. Pritzker (D) telling then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) that a state lawmaker was the “least offensive” African American he could appoint to a U.S. Senate seat, the AP reports.
“Extreme heat, drenched in sweat, with no air movement, scores of angry men, snoring and other bad, unpleasant sounds—I remember moaning to myself, ‘How the ‘f’ did I end up here?’”
— Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D), in an interview with Chicago Magazine on his life in prison.
Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s 20-year-old daughter wrote an angry open letter to former President Barack Obama, saying she lost respect for him after he declined to commute her father’s 14-year federal prison sentence before he left office, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Said Amy Blagojevich:”Everyone seems to be mourning your exit from office. I’m glad you’re gone. I’m not delusional — you’re not a saint. You were a mediocre president with unoriginal ideas.”
She added: “I thought you would finally right this wrong. You didn’t have to pardon him, only commute the sentence. You just had to let him come home. You didn’t. You released others, like Chelsea Manning or FALN terrorists, who actually committed reprehensible crimes, but you failed to release an innocent man.”
The Supreme Court won’t reconsider its decision to reject former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s (D) appeal of his corruption convictions, the AP reports.
“The justices on Monday denied without comment a long-shot petition urging the court to take another look at the case. The court first turned down Blagojevich’s appeal on March.”
An appeals court vacated five convictions and threw out the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D), WLS-TV reports. The rest of Blagojevich’s convictions were affirmed by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.
“If Blagojevich chooses to appeal, he must tell the court within the next two weeks. But with five counts thrown out, the former governor will at some point be re-sentenced, and his attorneys will argue that his 14 years be dramatically reduced.”