Judge to set the sentencing date for Rod Blagojevich soon

August 1st, 2011 - 10:22 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Chicago, Aug 1 (THAINDIAN NEWS) There are reports that the federal judge in charge of the Rod Blagojevich case is thinking of setting the sentencing date pretty soon. The impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is all set to have a status hearing today and if the judge does decide on the sentence then Rod would start to serve his term.

Legal analysts who have studied the case feel that in all probability the federal Judge James Zagel would sentence Rod for a decade for his first trial and around 17 years on the corruption charges at his second trial. If the judge does sentence Rod on both counts, then it is still not clear whether both the sentences would run concurrently or not.

At the moment, the impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is free as he managed to put up a $450,000 bond and he would also remain free till his sentence starts. In order to post such a huge amount for the bond, he had offered two of his properties as collateral. There is no word as yet on whether the Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich would attend today’s status hearing or not.

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