US Supreme Court Again Rejects Rod Blagojevich Appeal

Tuesday, 17 Apr, 2018

The United States Supreme court has again denied an appeal request from imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

A Monday statement from Patti Blagojevich says she understands "the judiciary" is "no longer an option" for winning her 61-year-old husband's release.

Blagojevich's best hope now is for President Donald Trump to issue a pardon or commutation.

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear former IL governor Rod Blagojevich's last-ditch effort to have his 14-year prison sentence tossed out. Blagojevich had appeared on Trump's reality television program Celebrity Appearance.

It was the second time that the Supreme Court has declined to take up an appeal by Blagojevich, effectively confirming a sentence that puts him behind bars until's 2024. His attorneys tried to make the argument to the high court that the law does not clearly define the difference between legal and illegal political fundraising. They argued that politicians are vulnerable to prosecution because the line between what's allowed and what's illegal is blurry.

Blagojevich was convicted in 2011 of corruption for seeking campaign contributions in exchange for official acts, including allegedly trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat that was vacated by former President Obama.

The Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2015 voided five of Blagojevich's 18 convictions and ordered a resentencing, but U.S. District Judge James Zagel in Chicago reimposed the 14-year term.