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Rod Blagojevich is still a disgrace to Illinois

He's still convicted on 12 federal criminal counts (Photo courtesy of U.S. Marshals Service)
He’s still convicted on 12 federal criminal counts (Photo courtesy of U.S. Marshals Service)

While 5 of the federal counts that disgraced former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich had previously been convicted of have been thrown out by a federal appeals court, 12 of the federal counts that Blago was convicted of were upheld by said federal appeals court.

The convictions on the five counts that were overturned all pertained to Blago’s plot to sell a vacant U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder (specifically, the U.S. Senate seat that Barack Obama held prior to being elected President). In 2011, Blago was convicted on 11 counts pertaining to his plot to sell the Senate seat and 6 counts pertaining to shaking down a children’s hospital for campaign cash. That means that Blago remains convicted on five counts pertaining to his plot to sell the Senate seat and all six of the counts pertaining to shaking down a children’s hospital for campaign cash.

To put all that another way, Rod Blagojevich is still a disgrace to my home state of Illinois.