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He would not say what he thought Rezko’s penalty might mean for Blagojevich’s sentence.

The former governor is set to be sentenced next month and could get about 10 years. He was convicted this year on charges that included trying to sell or trade an appointment to President Obama’s old Senate seat.

Rezko, 56, also was a political fundraiser for Mr. Obama during his campaigns for Illinois senator, though not for his presidential campaign. Mr. Obama has not been accused of wrongdoing in the case, but his relationship with Rezko and separate real estate ties between the two men became an issue in the 2008 election.