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  • I believe the sentence was fair

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  • I believe the sentence was too harsh

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  • I think he should have gotten 10yrs, but no more

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Thread: Was Blagojevich's sentence too harsh?

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    Re: Was Blagojevich's sentence too harsh?

    Quote Originally Posted by herenow1 View Post
    He got one yr less than what the prosecution(15-20) asked for. Some think it's not fair that he gets more time in jail than criminals who are a physical danger to society. What do you think?

    Blagojevich gets 14 years in prison for corruption - BusinessWeek
    I think his sentence was too harsh simply because he never actually did anything. He threatened to, but did not.

    The fact is that he wanted to negotiate for the seat. This is the sort of common political behavior, in Illinois particularly, that is not severe enough to be worthy of 14 years and the fact that he and he alone was wiretapped when countless of other politicians are engaging in similar actions tells me that this was more political than anything else. And when I say political, I don't just mean along party lines. Daley was a corrupt son of a bitch, but he has a damn immunity shield around him.

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    Re: Was Blagojevich's sentence too harsh?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thorgasm View Post
    Ironically, when cops break the law, they are given a break for their service.
    Umm nice try no cigar...a cop isnt a gov nor anywhere near that status and if cop did what blago did on DUTY they would have gotten more time...

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    Re: Was Blagojevich's sentence too harsh?

    Maybe if more of these idiots who take the trust we place in them as elected officials and throw it in our faces by looking out for themselves and their pocketbooks instead of we the people were punished and given harsh sentences... maybe our government and states and cities and municipalities would start working more for us instead of the other way around. I think he got what he deserved... and I think the others out there who have done that and much much worse should get the same treatment. Unfortunately, most times we just look the other way.

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    Re: Was Blagojevich's sentence too harsh?

    The judge lowered his intended sentence because Blago finally (directly before sentencing) accepted some responsibility and apologized to the citizens of Illinois. The judge also castigated Blago for his talk-show-circuit-I'm-innocent-circus knowing full well the prosecution could not respond.

    I think 14 years is a just sentence. Blago must surrender to the US Marshal on February 16 before noon. According to the sentencing guidelines, he must serve 85% of the sentence.

    With hindsight, most criminal lawyers familiar with the case say Blago should have plea-bargained after the first trial. They feel the prosecution would have settled for 7 years.

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    Re: Was Blagojevich's sentence too harsh?

    Quote Originally Posted by herenow1 View Post
    He got one yr less than what the prosecution(15-20) asked for. Some think it's not fair that he gets more time in jail than criminals who are a physical danger to society. What do you think?


    Blagojevich gets 14 years in prison for corruption - BusinessWeek
    He lied on the stand. Judges don't like that. He could have thrown himself on the mercy of the court, but went on TV instead and made an ass of himself.

    It's harsh. But his apologies and humility were too little too late.

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    Re: Was Blagojevich's sentence too harsh?

    There's no option for bullet in the back of his head...

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    Re: Was Blagojevich's sentence too harsh?

    It was fair. I'm sick of corrupt politicians having their hands slapped, being handed a 3 year sentence at club fed, then being let out in a few months for "good behavior." It's about time that corrupt politicians are handed prison sentences appropriate to their crimes. If this happened every time a politician was caught taking bribes and selling favors, we might make a slight dent in the overall corruption that permeates our entire government, on every level.

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    Re: Was Blagojevich's sentence too harsh?

    The guy tried to sell a senate seat and was a corrupt bastard. Jail with him.

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    Re: Was Blagojevich's sentence too harsh?

    Quote Originally Posted by DiAnna View Post
    It was fair. I'm sick of corrupt politicians having their hands slapped, being handed a 3 year sentence at club fed, then being let out in a few months for "good behavior." It's about time that corrupt politicians are handed prison sentences appropriate to their crimes.
    I'd say it shows how skewed the American perception of justice is, that being locked in a cage for 14 years is considered a "sentence appropriate to the crime" for someone who poses no physical danger to society and who never committed a crime that would suggest otherwise. In theory the reason that we have prisons (as opposed to any other form of punishment) is because prisons remove dangerous people from society. Once we start caging people who we wouldn't be afraid to interact with in society, it is morally unconscionable.

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    based on what other criminals get it was too severe but I cannot get too upset with Blowjobabitch doing 14 years.
    Another hilarious rape joke. Good one.
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    Re: Was Blagojevich's sentence too harsh?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    ...that being locked in a cage for 14 years is considered a "sentence appropriate to the crime" for someone who poses no physical danger to society and who never committed a crime that would suggest otherwise.
    The jury found Blago guilty on numerous criminal counts and the judge agreed. Blago will probably wind up in a light-security prison, hardly a cage. As the judge noted, one need not pose a physical danger to society in order to to inflict harm on that society. The judge valued these crimes not on the $1.5 million price tag for the Senate seat, but for the incalculable damage and erosion inflicted on the public trust.

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