Blagojevich doesn’t get early prison release from Obama

Rod Blagojevich, Patti Blagojevich
FILE - In this March 14, 2012 file photo, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich speaks to the media outside his home in Chicago as his wife, Patti, wipes away tears a day before he was to report to a prison in Littleton, Colo. On Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago posted a notice indicating there would be no rehearing for the imprisoned Democrat on his corruption convictions. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama is leaving office without granting early prison release to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Obama released a list of his final acts of clemency Thursday and the list didn’t include Blagojevich, who is in the fourth year of a 14-year prison term after being convicted of trying to sell Obama’s Illinois seat in the U.S. Senate when Obama became president. A presidential commutation was one of Blagojevich’s last chances to be released from prison early. Blagojevich last year submitted a request to have his sentence on wide-ranging corruption convictions commuted. In federal cases, only presidents have the power to reduce a sentence.

Obama’s decision means President-elect Donald Trump could be left to decide the fate of Blagojevich, who appeared on Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” TV show in 2010.

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