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By Ted Cruz
Banning speech with a constitutional amendment is playing with fire
Topic - James Zagel
Rod Blagojevich, the ousted Illinois governor whose three-year battle against criminal charges became a national spectacle, was sentenced to 14 years in prison Wednesday, one of the stiffest penalties imposed for corruption in a state with a history of crooked politics.
Rod Blagojevich's days of reckoning arrive Tuesday when a federal judge opens a sentencing hearing for the disgraced former Illinois governor on 18 corruption counts, including trying to auction off President Barack Obama's old Senate seat.
As Rod Blagojevich steps before a sentencing judge, the impeached Illinois governor might do well to suppress the cocksure, perpetual campaigner in him and conjure up a lesser-known figure: The humble, contrite family man.
Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's attorney said on Monday that a federal judge was likely to set the convicted former politician's new sentencing date for late October or early November.
Ousted Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich has more clarity about when he could begin serving time for his corruption convictions.
Impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has offered up a lengthy list of alleged errors and biases at his recently concluded corruption retrial in asking a federal judge to set aside his multiple convictions and grant him yet another trial.
Lawyers for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich rested their case Wednesday at his corruption retrial after calling witnesses that included a former congressman to follow Mr. Blagojevich himself.
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich fielded a question on the witnesses stand Wednesday about his most infamous comment of all those captured on FBI wiretap recordings at the center of his second corruption trial.
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich told jurors Tuesday during his third day on the witness stand that he never tried to shake down a politically connected road builder for $500,000 in campaign cash.
Jury selection in the retrial of impeached Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich is taking "relatively long" because of the high-profile nature of the case and the fact that this is the second time around for the defendant, the judge said Wednesday.
Rod Blagojevich asked a judge Monday to order prosecutors to hand over written summaries of any FBI interviews with President Obama about the ousted Illinois governor's corruption case.
A federal judge refused to rule Monday on a request from former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich to cancel his upcoming retrial on political corruption charges, saying the motion did not appear to be serious and would die of its own accord.
Attorneys for impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich continued their barrage of pretrial motions with a new one Thursday that asks a federal judge to lift a court-ordered seal on all evidence, including hundreds of hours of secret FBI wiretap recordings.
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has asked a judge to nullify the lone conviction in his mostly deadlocked corruption trial, saying the jury's decision was underpinned by errors at trial and misconduct by prosecutors.
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is set to go back on trial in early January, but he will stand alone as a defendant this time after prosecutors dismissed all corruption charges against his brother on Thursday.
"The governor was not marched along this criminal path by his staff," Zagel said. "He marched them."
"When it is the governor who goes bad," Zagel said, "the fabric of Illinois is torn and disfigured and not easily repaired."