Rod Blagojevich - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Rod Blagojevich Court promptly denies Blagojevich request for 3rd sentencing CHICAGO (AP) — An appeals court in Chicago took just three days to reject a request from imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich for another sentencing hearing, agreeing his 14-year prison term for corruption was a stiff punishment but was well within the sentencing judge's discretion. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' unanimous Friday ruling... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:40:00 GMT 2017-04-21T21:40:00Z Alabama governor resigns, pleads guilty to misdemeanors MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley resigned Monday rather than face impeachment and pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor campaign violations that arose during an investigation of his alleged affair with a top aide. In a remarkable fall, the mild-mannered 74-year-old Republican and one-time Baptist deacon stepped down as the sex-tinged scanda... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 01:58:00 GMT 2017-04-11T01:58:00Z Obama commutes 330 drug sentences on last day as president WASHINGTON (AP) — In a last major act as president, Barack Obama cut short the sentences of 330 federal inmates convicted of drug crimes on Thursday, bringing his bid to correct what he's called a systematic injustice to a climactic close. With his final offer of clemency, Obama brought his total number of commutations granted to 1,715, more than any othe... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:42:00 GMT 2017-01-19T21:42:00Z Pressure on Obama to grant last-minute pardons, commutations WASHINGTON (AP) — Under increasing pressure to free convicts as a last act, President Barack Obama is planning at least one more batch of pardons and commutations before leaving office in two weeks, but don't expect many famous offenders to make the list. The list of bold names appealing to Obama for compassion in his final weeks includes accused leaker C... Thu, 05 Jan 2017 17:55:00 GMT 2017-01-05T17:55:00Z Under 3 weeks left: Obama in closing stretch of presidency WASHINGTON (AP) — His last vacation behind him, President Barack Obama is entering the closing stretch of his presidency, an eleventh-hour push to tie up loose ends and put finishing touches on his legacy before handing the reins to President-elect Donald Trump. Obama returned to Washington midday Monday from Hawaii with less than three weeks left. His fi... Mon, 02 Jan 2017 17:18:00 GMT 2017-01-02T17:18:00Z Chicago Way? Yet another alderman is accused of corruption CHICAGO (AP) — An alderman indicted on corruption charges while he sat in a City Council meeting is merely the latest in a rogues' gallery of elected officials to face such allegations in Chicago, a city that over the years became saddled with a national reputation for corruption. Willie Cochran — who pleaded not guilty Friday to bribery, extortion and wi... Sat, 24 Dec 2016 00:30:00 GMT 2016-12-24T00:30:00Z Former Illinois Gov Blagojevich again appeals prison term CHICAGO (AP) — Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is asking a U.S. appeals court to nullify his 14-year prison term and order a third sentencing hearing, with a lawyer arguing on his behalf that the Democrat's model behavior behind bars and other factors justified a reduction in his sentence. Attorneys for the Chicago Democrat filed the appeal late Tues... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 00:39:00 GMT 2016-12-22T00:39:00Z Imprisoned former CIA officer fights conviction over leak RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Once an employee of the powerful CIA, Jeffrey Sterling now sits behind bars at a federal prison in Colorado. He bides his time by reading and writing and working at the facility's recreational center. Nearly two years after Sterling was found guilty of leaking government secrets to a reporter, the 49-year-old maintains that he is inno... Sun, 04 Dec 2016 15:34:00 GMT 2016-12-04T15:34:00Z