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Blagojevich sentencing hearing begins

Sentencing hearing begins for ousted Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich on his corruption convictions By The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) ' The sentencing hearing for impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has begun.

Attorneys are discussing the sentencing guidelines with a federal judge who will impose former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's sentence for convictions including trying to sell or trade an appointment to the Senate seat being vacated by President Barack Obama.

U.S. District Judge James Zagel is expected to hear later Tuesday arguments from prosecutors, Blagojevich's attorney and perhaps Blagojevich himself.



Prosecutors are expected to ask Zagel to imprison the twice-elected governor to 15 to 20 years. If Zagel imposes a sentence of more than a decade it would make it one of the stiffest penalties imposed for corruption in Illinois history.

Zagel is expected to hear arguments Tuesday and hand down the sentence for the former governor on Wednesday.


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