US Supreme Court Again Rejects Rod Blagojevich Appeal

Lester Mason
April 17, 2018

For the second time, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear Blagojevich's appeal, meaning he will likely serve the remainder of his 14-year prison sentence until 2024. They argued that politicians are vulnerable to prosecution because the line between what's allowed and what's illegal is blurry.

Blagojevich, 61, was convicted on charges including wire fraud, extortion and soliciting bribes while governor.

Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich in his 2008 mugshot./Wikimedia Commons. He had made an 11th hour plea for his job but when senators respond with a no vote, Blagojevich walked out of the chamber in silence.

The justices left in place a lower court ruling that rejected Blagojevich's arguments that he deserved leniency because he has been a "model prisoner" in the years he has already spent in federal prison and because some counts in his original 2011 conviction had been thrown out. His wife Patti has said that the appeal which led to today's decision would be her husband's last. The justices on Monday made a decision to hear none of the cases on their current weekly list-and denied dozens.

The court also refused to hear his 2016 appeal.

Throughout this grueling saga we've maintained hope that Rod will come back home where he belongs.

PLEASE NOTE: Patti Blagojevich will NOT be doing any on camera interviews and we ask that you respect her privacy. Blagojevich had appeared on Trump's reality television program Celebrity Appearance.

Even though Trump fired Blagojevich on the show, he later told Forbes magazine that he "felt bad for him and his family".

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