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    Under the federal sentencing guidelines, Blago was set to get 30 years to life.  He got 14 years because he didn't personally benefit -- he was only asking for campaign contributions and political favors.  Here's a relevant passage from a Christian Science Monitor article on Blago's sentencing:

    Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison Wednesday, ending a nearly three-year political saga that revealed the disturbing dynamics of backdoor deal-making often associated with Illinois politics.

    The sentence is less than half the 30-years-to-life calculation provided by federal sentencing guidelines.

    US District Judge James Zagel agreed with federal prosecutors that because Mr. Blagojevich did not personally gain from his schemes, which involved attempting to sell President Obama’s former US Senate seat for $1.5 million in campaign contributions and political favors, he did not receive the maximum sentence.

    By contrast, McDonnell and his wife both personally benefited, apparently a serious no-no under federal law.  McDonnell could (theoretically and ignoring the IOKIYAR factor) get substantially more than 14 years.

    I guess that will rescue him from having to spend much time with his wife for the next decade. Or maybe ever.

    This aggression will not stand, man.

    by kaleidescope on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 01:37:42 PM PDT

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