Politico Magazine, "Letter from Chicago: Will Rod Be Spared? Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is in jail, but maybe not for long," by Natasha Korecki, a political reporter and columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, and the author of "Only in Chicago: How the Rod Blagojevich Scandal Engulfed Illinois and Enthralled the Nation": "Blagojevich … [is] now serving out a 14-year term in a federal prison in Colorado. Now, five years after his arrest, … the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals is due [any day] to put out its ruling that could answer the most fundamental of questions: Were Blagojevich’s actions in fact criminal? During appellate arguments … in December, U.S. Appeals Judge Frank Easterbrook, … appeared incredulous after asking if prosecutors could cite ‘any criminal conviction in U.S. history’ other than Blagojevich’s in which a politician was convicted for trying to trade one job for another. …

"[I]t was clear the appeals judges had issues with fundamental aspects of the case. Easterbrook recalled the 1952 presidential election, when Earl Warren offered to use his position as California governor to ‘deliver California’ for Republican candidate Dwight Eisenhower in return for a seat on the Supreme Court." politi.co/1onizdp

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