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Judge Increases Rod Blagojevichs Bond, Issues Warning


The judge presiding over the trial of Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich increased his bond to $450,000 Friday and warned him about meeting the terms of the agreement.

Blagojevich was in court Friday because prosecutors said he hadn't met the conditions of his bond . The former governor was ordered to use his Ravenswood Manor home and a D.C. condo to secure his bond, which allows him to remain out of jail, but the government says he hasn't turned in the necessary paperwork on the D.C. property.

The prosecution had asked the judge to increase his bond to $1 million.

In court, Blagojevich revealed that he and his wife are trying to sell their Ravenswood home out of financial necessity.

Judge James Zagel said Blagojevich’s two properties must be secured, and warned him that if he violated the terms of his bond, he could forfeit both of his properties.

Blagoejvich didn’t say much in court, but did say he does not intend to violate his bond.  After court, Blagojevich's attorney Sheldon Sorosky said they are meeting the requirements, but simply did not have enough time to get all the paperwork in by the prosecution's deadline.

Blagojevich was convicted in June on 17 counts of corruption, including charges he attempted to sell the senate seat of President Barack Obama.

The judge has not set a date for sentencing yet, but his attorney said they expect it to be sometime in September. Blagojevich remains free until then.

Experts expect Blagojevich to be given 10 to 15 years. He faces a maximum of over 300 years on all the counts from this trial, plus his conviction on lying to the FBI from his first trial.


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