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Prosecutors' 'Point System' Points to 30 Years to Life for Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich

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Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was supposed to be sentenced next week, but now it's been delayed because Judge James Zagel will be hearing another case.

Prosecutors have already indicated that federal guidelines could allow a sentence of 30 years to life.

The sentencing guidelines are based on a point system, and we've learned tonight how prosecutors came up a total of 42 points -- which would call for thirty years to life.

  • Public official: 14 points
  • Leadership position: 4 points
  • Organized crimes: 4 points
  • More than one bribe: 2 points
  • Obstruction of justice: 2 points
  • Over $1 million fraud: 16 points
  • TOTAL: 42 points

But veteran defense attorney Joe Lopez said that there's no way Blagojevich will get 30 years.

"I think that's a little overreaching. Its a little ridiculous. People get 30 years or more for committing homicides. These are just phone calls of something that never even happened," Lopez said.

Nonetheless, Blagojevich was convicted on 17 corruption counts.

Prosecutors say this guideline calculation is required but does not represent what, if any sentence, they will recommend to Judge Zagel. They won't comment prior to sentencing.

Blagojevich's attorneys say they think probation would be an appropriate sentence. One sentencing expert said he expects a likely sentence of ten to 12 years.

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