Los Angeles Times

Blagojevich sentenced to 14 years in prison
Los Angeles Times

Former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison Wednesday and fined $20,000 for what U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald referred to as a criminal corruption crime spree at the time of Blagojevich’s arrest three years ago.

Blagojevich was convicted of corruption charges including trying to trade President Obama’s vacated U.S. Senate seat in exchange for money or favors. He will have to serve a minimum of nearly 12 years under federal rules that say defendants must complete 85% of their sentences. He doesn’t have to report to federal prison until Feb. 16.

The sentence handed down by U.S. District Judge James Zagel is more than double the prison term given in 2006 to another former Illinois governor, George Ryan, who is serving a 6 ½-year sentence in a federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind.

At a news conference, Fitzgerald said the sentence handed to Blagojevich ought to send a message. « If there is a public official out there who is thinking about committing a crime, they ought to be thinking twice, » he said. « If a 14-year sentence doesn’t stop someone, I wouldn’t want to be sitting in front of a judge after that. »

Le système de justice états-unien est vraiment dégénéré. Envoyer un politicien corrompu en prison pour 14 ans c’est scandaleux. Quand Blagojevich sortira de prison, il sera devenu un criminel encore plus endurci. Ici, au Québec, ça fait longtemps qu’on a compris ça. C’est pour cette raison que dans la belle province on préfère que les politiciens corrompus ne fassent pas de prison, mais qu’ils soient plutôt réhabilités dans leur communauté, c’est-à-dire l’Assemblée Nationale.