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Patti Blagojevich Tweets About Husband After Van Dyke Sentence



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    (Published Monday, Dec. 17, 2018)

    Just minutes after former Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke was sentenced to 81 months in prison for the shooting death of Laquan McDonald, former Illinois First Lady Patti Blagojevich made a pointed appeal for leniency to President Donald Trump.

    Blagojevich, whose husband Rod Blagojevich is currently serving a 14-year prison sentence for soliciting bribes while he was in office, took to Twitter to contrast his sentence with that of Van Dyke:

    “I am speechless,” she said. “An unarmed 17 year old is dead and the sentence is less than half of my husband’s sentence for discussions with his staff and attorneys about political fundraising.”

    Blagojevich also tagged the president in the tweet.

    Patti Blagojevich has been lobbying the president to grant her husband clemency or to pardon him after numerous appeals to reduce his sentence have failed. The president has indicated that he would consider commuting Blagojevich, having done so shortly after pardoning commentator Dinesh D’Souza in 2018.

    Since then, Blagojevich has repeatedly appeared on Fox News in an effort to raise awareness for her husband’s case and to try to convince the president to act.

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