Rod Blagojevich and his sentencing hearing
Rod Blagojevich's corruption trials dominated the media as our esteemed Governor was being prosecuted for trying to sell President Obama's vacated Senate seat. After two trials, and findings of guilty on his corruption charges, Rod Blagojevich is now at the sentencing phase in his criminal case.
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Rod Blagojevich was very fortunate that he did not have his bond revoked after his finding of guilty to the federal corruption charges. I believe Judge Zagel determined that he was not a flight risk and gave Blagojevich the opportunity to remain with his family until he is inevitably sent to prison.
The sentencing phase of a criminal case is often difficult and overlooked by many individuals. It is an opportunity for the Defendant to throw himself at the mercy of the court, even after he has vehemently denied any criminal wrongdoing. However, Blagojevich cannot relitigate his case at a sentencing hearing, and basically must show remorse in order to appease the sentencing judge.
The reality is, Judge Zagel has already made up his mind as to what he will sentence Blagojevich to, in terms of imprisonment. I don't believe that there is any testimony or witness in the world that will sway Judge Zagel's opinion as to what Blagojevich's sentence might be. This sentencing phase, then becomes more of a formality, and once the lawyers are finished with their arguments in aggravation and mitigation, Blago will be taken to federal prison.
I will make the bold prediction that Blago will be sentenced to 10 years in prison. I arrived at the number, because I believe it would be a fair sentence considering the circumstances. Especially in light of the fact that prosecutors are seeking 15 years or more.