Blago­je­vich ap­peal re­jected:


Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

The US Supreme Court has for the sec­ond time re­jected an ap­peal by im­pris­oned for­mer gov Rod Blago­je­vich of his con­vic­tions on cor­rup­tion charges.

The jus­tices did not com­ment Mon­day in let­ting stand the con­vic­tions and 14-year prison term that Blago­je­vich is serv­ing. He’s sched­uled to be re­leased in 2024.

Blago­je­vich’s lawyers had wanted the high court to take up his case to make clear what con­sti­tutes il­le­gal po­lit­i­cal fundrais­ing. They ar­gued that politi­cians are vul­ner­a­ble to pros­e­cu­tion be­cause the line be­tween what’s al­lowed and what’s il­le­gal is blurry.

His con­vic­tions in­cluded try­ing to ex­tort a chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal for con­tri­bu­tions and seek­ing to trade an ap­point­ment to the Sen­ate seat Barack Obama va­cated when he was elected pres­i­dent for cam­paign cash.

The court re­jected an ear­lier ap­peal in 2016. (AP)

Protestor Nina Lyrispect Ball, 35, demon­strates out­side a Star­bucks on April 15, 2018 in Philadel­phia, Penn­syl­va­nia. Po­lice ar­rested two black men who were wait­ing in­side the Cen­ter City Star­bucks which prompted an apol­ogy from the com­pany’s CEO. (AFP)



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