© 2022 WNIJ and WNIU
Northern Public Radio
801 N 1st St.
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-753-9000
Northern Public Radio
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations

Blagojevich Doesn't Get Early Prison Release From Obama

blagbama.jpg

President Barack Obama is leaving office without granting early prison release to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Obama released a list of his final acts of clemency Thursday and the list didn't include Blagojevich, who is in the fourth year of a 14-year prison term after being convicted of trying to sell Obama's Illinois seat in the U.S. Senate when Obama became president.

A presidential commutation was one of Blagojevich's last chances to be released from prison early. Blagojevich last year submitted a request to have his sentence on wide-ranging corruption convictions commuted.

In federal cases, only presidents have the power to reduce a sentence.

Obama's decision means President-elect Donald Trump could be left to decide the fate of Blagojevich, who appeared on Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice" TV show in 2010.

Related Stories