Blagojevich Appeal Rejected Second Time

Illinois — For the second time the Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by former Gov. Rod Blagojevich of his convictions on corruption charges. The only possibility for relief now would be presidential intervention-a pardon from President Donald Trump, the former governor’s old boss on the reality show “The Celebrity Apprentice.”

The justices did not comment Monday in letting stand the convictions and 14-year prison term that Blagojevich is serving. He’s scheduled to be released in 2024, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Blagojevich’s lawyers had wanted the high court to take up his case to make clear what constitutes illegal political fundraising. They argued that politicians are vulnerable to prosecution because the line between what’s allowed and what’s illegal is blurry.

The court’s announcement Monday seems to be drawing the curtain on the long, futile legal fight waged by Blagojevich ever since his early-morning arrest in December 2008.

“Rod, Amy, Annie and I could not be more disappointed in the decision today by the U.S. Supreme Court” said Blagojevich’s Patti in a written statement released late Monday morning. “From the beginning we’ve had faith in the system and have felt the court would bring Rod back to us. Now, with the judiciary no longer an option, we’ll have to put our faith elsewhere and find another way.”

His convictions included trying to extort a children’s hospital for contributions and seeking to trade an appointment to the Senate seat Barack Obama vacated when he was elected president for campaign cash.

“Throughout this grueling saga we’ve maintained hope that Rod will come back home where he belongs,” Patti Blagojevich said in her statement. “Although we are disheartened by this decision, we are thankful for the outpouring of support we’ve received along the way. We will continue to push forward and work towards the day when our family can be whole again.”



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