Should Blagojevich serve out his sentence?

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich makes a statement to reporters outside his Chicago home one day before reporting to federal prison in Colorado to serve a 14-year sentence for corruption, in this March 14, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes

Should ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich be a free man in a few months or serve the rest of his prison sentence?

Blagojevich is scheduled to be resentenced next month for his attempts to sell President Barack Obama’s Senate seat in 2008. A federal appeals court dismissed several counts against the Chicago Democrat last year, but upheld a 14-year sentence. The Chicago Tribune reports his attorneys are asking to reduce his sentence to five years so that he would be free in months. Prosecutors have asked U.S. District Judge James Zagel to maintain the 14-year sentence.

Deb Ryan of Naperville said five years in prison for what Blagojevich did isn’t enough.

“I think he was guilty,” she said. “He needs to serve the whole 14 years.”

Janie Canner of Naperville said he should stay in prison.

“It was corruption,” she said. “ Yes. If you do the crime, you should do the time.”

John Chan of Naperville said the fact that Blagojevich was also a lawyer means he should be held to a higher standard.

“He was the governor; he should know the law,” he said. “When you break the law, you should pay for it.”

But Lynn Shaver from Naperville said there should be another choice.

“I don’t know that Blagojevich should get out in the next couple of months, but he certainly shouldn’t serve his whole sentence,” she said. “What he did was nothing compared to what Gov. (George) Ryan did.”

Kelly Wright of Aurora said Blagojevich should be let out now since he didn’t do anything out of the ordinary in Illinois.

“He got caught,” he said. “He served his time. He’ll probably go on the book circuit or whatever. His career is basically done. Yeah, he served a couple years, they should let him out.”

Blagojevich has spent the last four years in a federal prison in Colorado. He is due out of prison in 2024, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

–Illinois News Network

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