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Blagojevich, 14 year sentence

Commenting on "Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich Gets 14-Year Sentence for Corruption" from the webpage http://www.globalethics.org/newsline/2011/12/12/former-illinois-gov/.

Rob Blagojevich was convicted of 18 counts related to political corruption.  His sentence is 14 years in prison.  Personally I am glad to hear this news.  Politicians need to realize that they are not above the law.

Supposedly Blagojevich thought his actions were "permissible".  Are we supposed to believe that and feel sorry?  He probably did think he could get away with it, but he had to know he was breaking the law.  I have no sympathy for corrupt politicians.  The level of corruption and disfunction in our government is bringing this country closer and closer to the breaking point.  These actions are not permissible, they're not acceptable, and we can not tolerate corruption from our employees.  That's right, government officials need to remember that they work for us, the people.

Why is he allowed to wait until February before reporting to prison?  Why is he allowed to spend the holidays with his family?  Anybody else sentenced to 14 years would be taken to jail immediately.  Maybe I don't understand the legal system, but I know that people with fame and money are treated differently than people who have nothing.

I'm glad he is not getting off the hook, but he's still getting some special treatment.


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