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Corrupt ex-governor Rod Blagojevich may be keen to get back to work after being freed from jail by President Trump - but it seems he won't be earning his money as a lawyer after the state he once led moved to disbar him

por Mellisa Heidenreich (2020-03-30)

you have to deal with the pain and stress of your injuries and financial losses. - Corrupt ex-governor Rod Blagojevich may be keen to get back to work after being freed from jail by President Trump - but it seems he won't be earning his money as a lawyer after the state he once led moved to disbar him.

The Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission voted Tuesday to strip 63-year-old Blagojevich of his licence over corrupt schemes he ran while in office.

The board's decision will now go to the state Supreme Court for final approval. Blagojevich can appeal, but he is unlikely to succeed. 

Corrupt ex-governor Rod Blagojevich is facing being stripped of his law license after a review board approved the move and passed their decision to the Illinois Supreme Court

Blagojevich (pictured otuside his home after being freed by Donald Trump) has not practiced law since 1994, and is now expected to have his license permanently withdrawn

In its four-page decision, the panel noted that Blagojevich sought to 'further his own interests' as governor despite his oath of office and that he 'has not acknowledged that his conduct was wrongful or expressed any remorse.' 

The panel also noted that Blagojevich failed to appear for his disciplinary hearing on February 25, saying it demonstrated 'a lack of respect for the disciplinary process and the legal profession.'

Blagojevich's spokesman, Mark Vargas, tweeted a statement from his client on Tuesday in which Blagojevich pointed out that he hasn't practiced law since 1995.

'Imagine yourself sitting on a plane and then the pilot announces before takeoff that he hasn't flown in 25 years,' Blagojevich said. 

'Wouldn't you want to get off that plane? I don't want to hurt anybody.'

Blagojevich graduated from Pepperdine University's law school in 1983 and was admitted to the Illinois bar the next year. 

His only employment in a legal profession came when he worked as an assistant Cook County state's attorney for several years before entering politics. 

Blagojevich's licence has been suspended since he was jailed for 14 years on charges of corruption in 2011, but the new move would see it permanently revoked.

President Trump commuted Blagojevich's sentence last month after eight years behind bars, allowing him to walk free.

The former Illinois governor has said he is keen to find a job following his release, while offering to record personalised messages for $115-a-time on app Cameo

Since then a profile belonging to the former governor has appeared on app Cameo, offering to record personalised messages for $115-a-time.  

Blagojevich's profile on the site describes him as an 'American politician who served as the 40th Governor of Illinois', without mentioning his corrupt past. 

In his introduction video, the 63-year-old says: 'Hey, it's Rod Blagojevich. I'm very excited to connect with you on Cameo. 

'If you want a birthday greeting, an anniversary greeting, motivation or any other kind of shoutout, I can't wait to hear from you.' 

So far, just two people have decided they need Blagojevich to deliver a personalized message for them, however one left a promising 5 Star review with the word, 'Awesome.'





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Other high-profile politicians on the site include Anthony 'The Mooch' Scaramucci who was White House Communications Director for 11 days.

Scaramucci charges $100 for a jovial message from the former comms chief. 

On Fox News last week Blagojevich told how he was keen to get back to work. 

'I need to start working and providing for my family,' he said. He didn't elaborate on the kind of job he is seeking, although clearly with his Cameo pitch, almost nothing is off-limits. 

His options could include becoming a commentator on a cable news channel, where criminal convictions wouldn't necessarily a disqualification. A self-employed podcaster could be another option.

Blagojevich could try to parlay his relative fame into a gig on another reality TV show. Producers might see his sometimes engaging and offbeat character as a draw.

Blagojevich served eight years of a 14 year federal prison sentence after being convicted of corruption. His sentence was commuted by President Donald J. Trump on 18 February

Blagojevich himself mused about dream jobs in the secret recordings of his phone that played central roles at his two corruption trials.

'Why can't I be ambassador to India?' he was heard telling an aide, later adding 'Gotta think I can at least be ambassador to Macedonia.'

Job hunts have seen Blagojevich fall into trouble before.

His expletive-laden talk captured on FBI wiretaps about landing a job or campaign cash for naming someone to Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat is part of what led to his multiple corruption convictions.

Blagojevich (pictured) was first arrested inside his home in 2008 over several accusations, including that he attempted to solicit Barack Obama's Senate seat after he won presidency 

In 2008, Blagojevich was arrested inside his home by the FBI and taken before a federal magistrate on charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and soliciting bribes while in office.

He was also accused of attempting to profit from soliciting former President Barack Obama's U.S. Senate seat after he left for the White House in 2008.

One month later, Blagojevich was impeached from office by the Illinois House with an astounding vote of 114 to one.

The Senate would remove Blagojevich from his position just weeks later in a 59 to zero vote.

He gave a mercy plea that he 'never, ever intended to violate the law' before senators.

Prosecutors would later add racketeering, fraud and extortion charges to Blagojevich's rap sheet.

Throughout the ordeal, Blagojevich maintained his innocence and denied engaging in any wrongdoing.

A deadlocked jury convicted Blagojevich of just one out of 24 charges and it was later called a mistrial.

In 2011, a retrial would take place that would see Blagojevich convicted of 17 charges and a 14-year sentence in federal prison for extortion, bribery and fraud.

President Donald Trump agreed to commute his prison sentence in February 2020 and he was officially released on the 18th.

'What he did was I think something that deserves a great amount of appreciation on my part personally, and he has from me my deepest, most profound and everlasting gratitude,' Blagojevich said of Trump to reporters.

'I can't wait to get home. I miss my daughters. I miss my wife. I miss home.'

Blagojevich was sentenced to a 14-year federal prison sentence in Illinois in 2011 (pictured), but his sentence was commuted by President Trump earlier this month


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