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Does Blago Deserve 30 to Life?

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    Federal Prosecutors are floating scary numbers for convicted former governor Rod Blagojevich.

    Sources with knowledge of the government's recommended sentencing guidelines, which are expected on Friday, say the feds will ask for a sentence of 30 years to life.

    Contacted by phone, Blagojevich's attorney, Sheldon Sorosky, said a sentence that severe would be outrageous.

    "The government's recommendation is cruel and draconian. You would think he committed a murder or a rape," he said.

    Sorosky said his team will submit its own recommended sentencing guidelines that are much lower than 30 to life.

    Prosecutors see it differently, of course.

    The government says the 56-year-old politician deserves the stiffest penalties possible because he took the stand and lied, and because he was essentially the head of a corporation.

    In the end, Federal Judge James Zagel will decide the Governor's fate.

    Blago is scheduled for sentencing on Oct. 6, but that date has been thrown into question because of a potential scheuduling conflict with the trial of William Cellini.

    Read more from Natasha Korecki in the Chicago Sun Times.