Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich likely will face 10 years in prison on his 17-count corruption conviction, says the Chicago Tribune, based on estimates by defense attorneys and former prosecutors.
While many factors will go into the decision by U.S. District Judge James Zagel, Blagojevich’s unorthodox strategy to go public repeatedly with his claims of innocence could come back to haunt him, experts said. Blagojevich’s decision to testify could hurt him at sentencing if the judge concludes the former governor lied under oath, they said. Zagel’s displeasure with the former governor’s behavior has been on display at his retrial as well as the first trial last summer that ended with the jury largely deadlocked except for one guilty count. The judge “is not going to sentence him on who he is,” veteran attorney Robert Loeb said of Blagojevich. “He is going to sentence him on what he has said and done.”