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  • Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich arrives by car with his wife, Patti, at the federal building in Chicago on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, for his sentencing hearing on 18 corruption counts, including trying to auction off President Obama's old Senate seat. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

    Blagojevich gets 14 years in prison for corruption

    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.

  • ** FILE ** In this Jan. 13, 2003, file photo, Illinois' first lady Patti Blagojevich, left, applauds with her father, Richard Mell, center, during inauguration day ceremonies for her husband, Gov. Rod Blagojevich, in Springfield, Ill. Blagojevich, convicted on 18 counts of corruption in June 2011, is scheduled to appear in federal court in Chicago, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, for the start of his sentencing hearing. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

    After crime, punishment awaits ex-Gov. Blagojevich

    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.

  • ** FILE ** Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich arrives at federal court in Chicago on Thursday, May 26, 2011, before taking the stand in his second corruption trial. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

    Any defiance could hurt Blagojevich at sentencing

    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.

  • **FILE** Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (Associated Press)

    Defense: Blagojevich's sentencing likely within next 2 months

    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.

  • **FILE** Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (Associated Press)

    Judge sets Blagojevich sentencing for Oct. 6

    Ousted Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich has more clarity about when he could begin serving time for his corruption convictions.

  • Attorneys for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich filed a 158-motion for a retrial on his behalf, citing alleged errors and biases. A jury last month convicted the former governor on 17 of 20 charges. (Associated Press)

    Blagojevich cites judicial bias in retrial bid

    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.

  • Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich poses with a supporter as he leaves court during his second corruption trial on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, in Chicago. Blagojevich insisted on the witness stand that he never sought to sell or trade President Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat for a top job or campaign cash. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

    Defense rests at Blagojevich corruption retrial

    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.

  • Blagojevich fumbles over 'golden' quote

    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.

  • ** FILE ** Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich arrives at federal court in Chicago on Thursday, May 26, 2011, before taking the stand in his second corruption trial. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

    Blagojevich denies shaking down road builder

    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.

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS
Former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich arrives at federal court, briefcase in hand, as jury selection continues in his second corruption trial on Monday in Chicago. Blagojevich, who was convicted of one count in his original trial, faces 20 counts at his second trial.

    Selection of jury drags on in retrial

    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.

  • Blagojevich seeks FBI interview notes with Obama

    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.

  • Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich is a guest host on WLS-AM's popular "Don Wade and Roma" show recently in Chicago. A judge has turned down a motion to cancel Blagojevich's second corruption trial and proceed straight to sentencing the impeached former governor on a lone conviction from his first trial. (Associated Press)

    Judge rejects Blagojevich's bid to cancel retrial

    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.

  • ** FILE ** Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, with his wife, Patti, talks to members of the media in Chicago on Aug. 17, 2010, after a federal jury found him guilty of one count of lying to FBI agents. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

    Defense: Lift seal on Blagojevich evidence

    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.

  • ** FILE ** Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich talks to members of the media at the federal building in Chicago on Aug. 17, 2010, after a jury found him guilty of one count of lying to federal agents. His wife, Patti, is at right. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

    Blagojevich asks judge to nullify conviction

    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 talks with Jon Stewart during an appearance on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" Monday, Aug. 23, 2010 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

    Blagojevich headed for retrial in early January

    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.

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