Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison and fined US$20,000 on 17 counts of corruption. The two-term Democrat was arrested in 2008, while still in office, for trying to extort campaign donations from other politicians, soliciting bribes and attempting to sell the U.S. senate seat once held by Barack Obama, among other charges. Although Blagojevich acknowledges his mistake, he claims he never set out to break the law, and that he is “unbelievably sorry.”
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