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Blagojevich gets 14 years

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Disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich was sentenced Wednesday to 14 years in prison after he made a final plea for leniency, acknowledging his guilt and saying, "I am unbelievably sorry. ... I have nobody to blame but myself for my stupidity and actions.

"The harm here is not measured in the value of money and property," Judge Zagel tells Blagojevich.

"The harm is the erosion of the public trust in government; [people's] confidence in and trust in government," Zagel said.

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It's Crinimal that we do not start from the top! Bambi & co to include Ayers, Resko. Emmanuel. Ayers, first.this should have been first. UNSEAL those tapes & all above mentioned should have been first to be convicted & sent to jail. Had it been a Republican they would have yrs ago! Let's remember Watergate!!!

This guy tried to be slick! He broke the "rule of Law". He got caught and now he will go to jail. But, you are right one should not go to jail for being stupid or dumb only for being a crimmial. HE! alone put himself and his family in this position. Now this guy is going to have to "MAN UP". Liberialism is a mental disorder!
GOD Save the Republic!

Well, what a joke 14 years, for probably doing what every other politician has done. What a joke the Oval Office has become! Obama and The Chicago Swamp did to Blago exactly what they are doing to America, DESTROYING!!!

bag the bankers there the reason this country is dying they robbed us to take over are property, our money, are freedom, please if this is any upright judges left in this country, stop this .

None of you got the memo? Chicago is the most corrupted city in America even more so than New York. Get a clue only the criminals have guns and hard working normal American Citizens have to suffer. A no name Senator magically becomes President........Yea Right.......You all get what you deserve happy trails useless idiots and sheeple, the next few years are going to be hell on earth for the majority of you.

How many of you know this jerk does not 'report to prison' UNTIL FEBRUARY? If he were a poor man, or a black man, he'd be in jail tonight and transferred to prison within the week.

Looks like the inmates will get a "virgin" for Christmas after all !!! *** New from Mattel, it's the Penile Voodoo Pincushion Bobblehead !!!

well, guess someone lost money on that one... blago and the second person was probably going to split the money. wonder who the second person was??? bet i can call his name!!

This development is really ironic. Blago tried and tried to sell his seat and now for the next 14 or so years he will be trying to protect his "seat".

Hope he enjoys the Prison Prom. Hopefully he will be joined by some of the Obama gang soon.

HE IS JUST TAKING THE HEAT FOR OBAMA BUYING THE SEAT IN THE FIRST PLACE. I MA SURE THAT IN CHICAGO IT MUST HAVE BEEN A WELL KNOWN THING IN THE ELITE CIRCLES THAT A SEAT COULD BE BOUGHT AND OBAMA CONVENIENTLY PLACED IN THERE.

This is what happens when you cross Obama. Chicago thugs every one of them. Obama is neck deep in this and the world knows it but the American media is too cowardly to report. Obama should be next door to Resko and Blogo.

Good thing Blago didn't thousands of guns to Mexican Drug Cartels, he would have gotten the death penalty.

I think you've missed the point as to why he received such a stiff sentencing. To quote the above,

"The harm here is not measured in the value of money and property," Judge Zagel tells Blagojevich.

"The harm is the erosion of the public trust in government; [people's] confidence in and trust in government," Zagel said.

Personally, I think it's better to lock up at least one ethically crooked politician as an example rather than issuing the same old slap on the wrist time and time again. As far as the lobbyist you mentioned; yea, lock him up too!

i filed today 30 count federal corruption, crooked business complaints against mike viano&associates.illinois business crook stole a 5 million trademark, an additional 350,000 in artwork, designs to line his own pockets.we are demanding patrick fitzgerald,,eric holder fbi bring these people to justice.they stole our family businesses,,college education monies for children.they lied to fbi, us attorney, and usa trademark office, many times.we are demanding this crook, his cfo, and the bartolinas former ncaa coaches at south east louisianna univeristy are questioned and polygraghed!!!there are also 40 counts of federal mail fraud, business fraud,paying cash payoffs to silent the other co conspirators,.justice.is coming,,the vianos, cfo and others belong in jail!!! where the hell is all the justice here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rezko has been handed his prison term just a few days ago. Two down, many more to go.

Blago said stupid things, did some stupid things, but he never benefitted from any of his uterances. You do not lock up a guy because he said dumb things. Compare this with the lobbyist Abramoff, who benefitted financially, extorted money from Indian band and is most likely to repeat his crime time and time again. Abramoff got a slap on the wrist for his crime, and is back in the business. There is no justice in US.

To Garland:
Add to your list :David Axelrod, Valerie Jarrett, Michelle and Barry, Rahm Emmanuel and his brother, Bill Ayers, Tony Rezko, Jesse Jackson, Jr.- and that's just off the top of my head.

Agreed! The very corrupt ones are still outside prison walls using the corrupt Chicago courts to silence the ones that can expose them. Until Blagovitch is out and Obama is in the judge is correct; but also a contributor to the public's lack of trust. Outrage.

YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME! HOW CAN YOU LIKEN BLAGO TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNTED STATES!

Where's the birth certificate? right?

You all are a bunch of f'n bottom of the gene pool morons.

You forgot Barack Hussein Obama - and his sidekicks - Ayers and Moochel.

Excellent sentence as he will have do "serve" 85% under Federal guidlines (11.9 yrs) - now go after the other major player and the "buffoon" who illegally sits in the Oval Office, with a corrupted Birth Certificate and an ILLEGAL Social Security number!! He too is surely "guilty" of felony crimes and perhaps even Treason against the USA!!!

Bring them ALL crashing down and prosecute them for their crimes against America and it's Judicial System and Constitution!!!

Excellent sentence as he will have do "serve" 85% under Federal guidlines (11.9 yrs) - now go after the other major player and the "buffoon" who illegally sits in the Oval Office, with a corrupted Birth Certificate and an ILLEGAL Social Security number!! He too is surely "guilty" of felony crimes and perhaps even Treason against the USA!!!

Bring them ALL crashing down and prosecute them for their crimes against America and it's Judicial System and Constitution!!!

If the world needed an enema, then start in Chicago...The anus of society.

1 down, how many more thousands to go?

This isn't justice, this is the Chicago political thugs getting even with Blagojevich.

If there was justice Obama wouldn't be in the White House without having his old Connecticut social security number and all versions of his birth certificate vetted by forensic examinations.

just the last two, genius

Geez, are they just figuring out that public trust in government would be nice. Oh this is Chicago, home of Obama. That explains everything. And people want 24,000 emails from a woman in Wasilla Alaska.How about all the emails between Blago, Emmauel, Obama, Jackson and the dude that got the Senate seat for awhile. Now that would be interesting NY times.

BLAGO

RICHARD SPECK

JOHN WAYNE GACY

AL CAPONE

OPRAH

BABYFACE NELSON

JESSE JACKSON

BARAXK HUSSEIN OBAMA

REV. WRIGHT

THE 1919 BLACK SOX

CHICAGO SURE IS FULL OF LOW-LIFE CREEPS

If anyone in Chicago or IL still has trust in their government they are DELUSIONAL.

Every governor since 1973 has been to prison? Is that right?

If only the same principles were applied to the WH.

And what about erosion of the public trust in the judicial branch, who now arrogate to themselves the right to make law? How is that to be redressed?

This guy is a total psychopath and unfortunately exemplies how sick and greedy politicians become once elected to serve. Too bad they don't practice the JFK mantra of asking what I can do for my country rather than what Blago did repeatedly lying to everyone including himself! Good riddance for awhile.

"The erosion of public trust in government" With obama committing treason numerous times, with Chicago being know for corrupt policies, and the story is erosion of public trust, This judge is clearly in someone's pocket.
And they apparently want to send Blago... a lesson.

Now, how about really doing your job Judge and going after Goldman Sachs, the elected criminals they call senators and congressman and the dalys,

Erosion in public trust my patutie! How can Zagel say that with a straight face when we still have the Madigans, the Burke's and the Daley's still on the loose?

ObaMao will throw anybody under the bus. Silly people...he only uses you as long as it benefits him. After that, buh-bye!

To the dump with this foul piece of garbage!!

NO" confidence in and trust in government"

GOSH how could this be, American people not trusting in the government........................... SAY IT IS NOT SO!!!!

Sounds more like the people are seeing EXACTLY what the truth is and it is NOT PRETTY ..............................

You really believe Obama had no hand in this, people?

There are hours of tapes that were supposedly suppressed that Blago wanted to have played.

You know, this all happened because he made the State of Illinois not do business with Bank of America until they gave that window factory the loan it needed.

Do y'all remember that?

Shortly after that, this happens . How can they (prosecution ) not release the full contents of the tapes and he still be judged? This trial is tainted. Shame on all those involved. If they can do this to a Governor of a State, what will they do to us?

The Judge said it all - there are many intangible things that are worth more than material concerns. And while Blagojevich's words may be heart-felt, I hope he understands his actions made it so we can't believe his apology any more than the lies he told to defend himself.

Does anyone smell a PARDON coming soon.....

Erosion of public trust in government? This judge is part of the problem. He defends a corrupt system.

And may the farce, Obama, be with you!

Obama will pardon him.

"The harm is the erosion of the public trust in government; [people's] confidence in and trust in government," This from Judge Zagel.

What is it with this judicial energy against Rod Blagojevich? His governing style was status quo for Chicago politics -- no big surprise. Obama has made corruption acceptable. So why was poor old Blago supposed to think he was doing anything wrong? He was just following the example of his great leader.

A nice distraction from the real tyrants in the house and senate who daily fleece our countries resources and are guilty of treason.

If this is true, then Rangle, Weiner, Pelosi, and Holder should be in prison , along with Corzine, Geithner for tax evasion and many other demonrats, tHis guy is only a the tip of the iceberg, and they want him put away to sweep it under the carpet,, otherwise Rahm and his buddies will be joining him.

Given the same reasoning, why is not Eric Holder, Barney Frank and Chris Dodd getting the same treatment?

Slap on the wrist. Good time he'll be out in 7 maybe less. How about hardtime not at a country club prision.

Excellent!! Now to round up ALL those Chicago type governmental cheats and thugs and send their a$$es to jail with him, starting with Godfather Rahm himself.

I just have to believe there is a lot more to this story than any of us are hearing. It just does not pass the smell test to me. And why were some of the tapes sealed and not played?
Just doesn't seem to make sense.

Such Nonsense - the American Public has vitually no Trust or Confidence in Government - Whether State or especially Federal. Obama - Worst President Ever - Congress, Lowest Approval Rate Ever - 9 per cent. How Low CAn You Go !

What public trust? Who is the idiot that trusts government?

"The harm here is not measured in the value of money and property," - a wise judge. I wish we ahd more like him.

Will the headlines say DEMOCRAT Rod Blagojevic goes to jail?

This guy just happen to get caught. Think of all the current and past "leaders" who have and are currently up to no good. I mean the Clintons would be the prime suspects. They smile and pump out their propaganda about themselves, while there is a body trail behind them.

Yes finally justice for this low life
Shave his head

I think Patrick the writer from Fox "Family Guy" has an interesting comment on who and who doesn't go to jail.
Read at:

http://myoccupylaarrest.blogspot.com/

Good Luck Americans

Ouch!

Same cell block as Rezko?

Alas, Obama will probably pardon them both for keeping their mouths shut

I hope Blago spills his guts before someone influencial has him waxed in prison.

I think the judge summed it up.

Blago gets 14 years-- Rahm 0--Jackson 0--Obama 0 seems like a travesty of justice to me .

The good news is that Blago gets conjugal visits -- the bad news is that they will be with Rahm instead of Patty.

You're Jailed!

Good.

Eh. 14 year sentence. 13.5 years off for good behavior. Credit for time served. He'll be out in time to celebrate his birthday this Saturday.

And Obama, the Senate, and the heads of the largest US Banks are still free? I call bullshit.

Confidence ad trust in so-called "government" and politicans have been GONE years and years before this Blago mess. 14 years is WAYYY to harsh for "attempting"...l. They do this type of stuff EVERYDAY... It has always been a policy of "You wash back, I'll wash yours". He so happen to get caught and now they made an example of him....

I say, run Blago run! Obama was knee deep in the corruption with Rezko & Blago! Obama will go free, so run Blago run!!

He should never of got such a long sentence. The time does not match the crime. Sorry for you Blago. Chicago the sewer, eaten from the inside out like a cancer. Nothing good ever came out od Chicago and this news fit well with that.

That is way to harsh.

If the harm here is the erosion of public trust in government, it seems we need to jail the majority of Congress and the president. Trust in Congress has ranked in single digits for a long time, and the president is descending into the 30s.

This democratic lying scum will be one of the 1st to be pardoned by Obama.

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Guaranteed to be one of Obama's Presidential Pardons.

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""The harm here is not measured in the value of money and property," Judge Zagel tells Blagojevich.

"The harm is the erosion of the public trust in government; [people's] confidence in and trust in government," Zagel said."

This presupposes someone trusted gobbermint to start with.

Judge Zagel, hate to tell you, but our trust in government was shattered long before this a$$wipe got voted into office...

This is criminal that insisted that he has done NO wrong so many times. Now he is sorry for the things he did not do?
This emotion would require you to have a conscience, so I truly doubt you are sorry about anything excet getting caught.
Now it is Obama's turn.

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