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Blagojevich Wife Disappointed As High Court Shuts Door On Appeal

April 16, 2018 - 9:52 am
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CHICAGO (AP) -- The wife of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says she and their two children are disappointed that the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to hear her husband's appeal of his corruption convictions.

A Monday statement from Patti Blagojevich says she understands "the judiciary" is "no longer an option" for winning her 61-year-old husband's release.

The justices didn't comment Monday in letting the convictions and 14-year prison term Blagojevich is serving stand. They also refused to hear his appeal in 2016.

With legal avenues closed, Blagojevich's wife says they'll have to put their "faith elsewhere and find another way."

She didn't mention President Donald Trump. But one option could be asking him to commute Blagojevich's sentence or pardon him.

Blagojevich's lawyers had wanted the high court to take up his case to make clear what constitutes illegal political fundraising. They argued that politicians are vulnerable to prosecution because the line between what's allowed and what's illegal is blurry.

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.

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