The U.S. Supreme Court will not take up the case of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. The high court held a case hearing on Friday and among the topics was a petition from the former governor regarding his corruption conviction he is trying to have overturned. The court decided today to let a lower court-ruling stand.
The Chicago Tribune reports the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down five of the 18 convictions, and the 59-year-old Democrat was trying to have the others dismissed. The court issued a statement this morning that it would let the appellate court ruling be the final word on the case. Blagojevich was impeached and removed from office by the Illinois Senate in January 2009 after he was charged with corruption by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago. He was charged with corruption for, among other things, offering to sell the senate seat of then outgoing Illinois U.S. Senator Barack Obama after he was elected president. After a mistrial in the first case, he was retried and a jury found him guilty in June 2011. He is currently serving his federal sentence in Colorado and in scheduled for release in 2024.