Time to rethink Blago’s prison time

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Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, accompanied by his wife Patti, speaks to the media outside his home in Chicago on March 14, 2012. The Supreme Court on Monday rejected Blagojevich’s appeal of his corruption convictions that included his attempt to sell the vacant Senate seat once occupied by President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

On Monday, the Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal by former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, meaning he’s stuck in prison for another seven years or so unless U.S. District Judge James B. Zagel decides to shorten his sentence.

Zagel should do just that.


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Blagojevich is a goof. Can we stipulate that? Guilty as charged, too. Trying to sell a vacant senate seat — maybe his worst offense — was dumb. But 14 years was always too stiff a sentence. Former Gov. George Ryan got 6½ years for much more serious bribery schemes.

Because an appellate court last summer threw out five of the 18 criminal counts on which Blagojevich was convicted — along with the original sentence — Zagel now must re-sentence him.

Here’s hoping Zagel sorts through the nuances of narcissistic, delusional and venal.

Blago was always more the first two than the third.

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