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Blagojevich officially disbarred by Illinois Supreme Court


Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) was officially disbarred by the Illinois Supreme Court on Monday, according to local reports. 

Blagojevich had been removed from office in 2009 and later convicted of a wide array of corruption charges including trying to sell former President Obama’s Senate seat after he was elected president in 2008 and the attempted extortion of a children’s hospital for campaign contributions.

Blagojevich was released from his 14-year prison term early after President Trump granted clemency to him and nearly a dozen other individuals in February. 

His law license had been under an interim suspension since 2011, but the disciplinary process had largely been put on hold while he spent years appealing his criminal conviction in court, according to The Chicago Sun-Times.

The Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission had recommended disbarring Blagojevich in March. 

Blagojevich’s attorney said his client accepts the fact that he was convicted but that he still doesn’t believe he committed any crimes, according to WGN9

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