Panel recommends disbarment for ex-Illinois Gov. Blagojevich

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Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich dabs blood from his chin during a news conference outside his home Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Chicago. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump commuted Blagojevich’s 14-year prison sentence for political corruption. Blagojevich joked that it was the first time in a long time he has shaved with a normal razor. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

CHICAGO, Ill. (AP/WEHT)-A panel of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission has recommended that former governor Rod Blagojevich’s suspended law license be permanently revoked.

The panel made the ruling after commission attorneys reminded them about some of the things that led to Blagojevich’s conviction on corruption charges and 14-year prison sentence.

The panel noted that Blagojevich sought to “further his own interests” as governor despite his oath of office and “has not acknowledged that his conduct was wrongful or expressed any remorse.”

The Illinois Supreme Court would have to approve the panel’s decision before Blagojevich could be disbarred.

He has 3 weeks to appeal.

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(This story was originally published on March 4, 2020.)

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