Remember Rod Blagojevich? He was the governor if Illinois when Obama was elected. He went to jail shortly after that for trying to sell Obama’s vacant senate seat to the highest bidder.
Now he’s hoping Obama will help him out before he leaves office.
From the AP via Townhall:
Imprisoned Blagojevich awaits Obama decision on commutation
One of the last chances for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to win early release from federal prison rests on a pending decision by the man whose Senate seat Blagojevich was convicted of trying to sell — President Barack Obama.
Blagojevich, 60, is in the fourth year of a 14-year prison term. He recently submitted a request to have his sentence on wide-ranging corruption convictions commuted, the U.S. Department of Justice has confirmed.
Obama has rarely mentioned his fellow Chicago Democrat since Blagojevich’s December 2008 arrest, a month after Obama won the presidency, so it’s hard to gauge if he’d give Blagojevich’s request for a reduced sentence serious thought.
A look at the commutation process and factors that could influence a decision:
WHAT IT IS
A commutation is a reduction of a sentence, while pardons amount to forgiveness of a crime that also removes restrictions on rights to run for office and vote. In federal cases, only presidents have the power to reduce a sentence.
Will Obama come to his rescue?
That’s the Chicago way, isn’t it?