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State Moves to Suspend Blago's Law License

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Should Blago's Law License Be Suspended?
Jack Higgins

An Illinois lawyer watchdog group wants to suspend impeached former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's law license.

The Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission asked the Illinois Supreme Court in late-August for an interim suspension of Blagojevich's license "due to the egregious breadth of respondent’s conduct while governor," according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The move could lead to disbarment.

Blagojevich awaits a new sentencing date after the original Oct. 6 date was delayed by Judge James Zagel, apparently for a trial conflict. The former governor was convicted in June on 17 of 20 corruption counts in his second trial.

Blagojevich's lawyers have until Oct. 11 to argue the ARDC's move. Before the filing, his lawyers offered to withdraw the license since Blagojevich was not practicing law, but that request was rejected.

This week, the lawyers' attempt for a new trial also was rejected. They previously pushed for a third trial, arguing Zagel stacked the deck in the government's favor, leading to Blagojevich's conviction.

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