Federal prosecutors want a hefty sentence given to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich this week, and a government watchdog group thinks they’ll get it. Bob Reed, director of programming and investigations for the Better Government Association, says the feds and others involved with the case want Blagojevich sentenced to 15-20 years, but not everyone feels that way.
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“Interestingly, those who were on the outside of this are more or less observers and are less involved think maybe a lower number will emerge,” he says. “It’s really going to be up to the judge.” Reed says Tony Rezko and former Gov. George Ryan set a precedent for politically tied jail sentences, at 10 years and 6½ years respectively.