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Supreme Court rejects ex-Illinois governor's latest appeal

Supreme Court rejects ex-Illinois governor's latest appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday morning decided NOT to hear the appeal of defrocked IL governor Rod Blagojevich's corruption case.

Supreme Court won't hear appeal by former... "Rod, Amy, Annie and I could not be more disappointed in the decision today by the U.S. Supreme Court" said Blagojevich's Patti in a written statement released late Monday morning.

His convictions included trying to extort a children's hospital for contributions and seeking to trade an appointment to the Senate seat Barack Obama vacated when he was elected president for campaign cash. In 2011, Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison and began serving that term in 2012. He served from January 2003 to January 2009, when the Illinois Senate removed him from office.

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

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The former governor's wife Patti Blagojevich is unhappy with the court's decision.

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday it will not hear former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's appeal, marking the end of a decadelong legal road and virtually guaranteeing he will remain in prison until 2024 barring a presidential pardon or commutation.

Blagojevich's lawyers argued the Supreme Court should take up Blagojevich's case to clarify what they argued are blurry lines between what constitutes legal and illegal political fundraising. The odds were stacked against Blagojevich even getting his appeal heard by the Supreme Court.

Throughout this grueling saga we've maintained hope that Rod will come back home where he belongs. A spokesperson for a public relations firm retained by the Blagojevich family asked that news organizations "respect her privacy". Blagojevich was on Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice" reality television show in 2010.