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Emotions ran high in a Chicago federal courtroom as Judge James Zagel ruled former Governor Rod Blagojevich will not have his 14 year federal prison term shortened. Blagojevich was being resentenced after 5 of his 18 corruption convictions were tossed out. As Zagel announced his ruling, Blagojevich could be seen on screen bowing his head before he collapsed back into his seat. In the courtroom, his two daughters sobbed. Blagojevich attorney Leonard Goodman said the decision of whether to appeal will be up to Blagojevich. The high court refused to consider Blagojevich's corruption conviction earlier this year. Former first lady Patty Blagojevich offered her own critique of Zagel's decision.



Blagojevich's brother Robert Blagojevich offered his own critique, comparing the sentence to other corruption related convictions.



 

 
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