Washington, D.C. (KTRS) The Supreme Court has rejected former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s appeal of his corruption convictions that included his attempt to sell the vacant Senate seat once occupied by President Barack Obama.
The justices on Monday let stand an appeals court ruling that found Blagojevich crossed the line when he sought money in exchange for naming someone to fill the seat.
The 59-year-old Democrat is serving a 14-year sentence at a federal prison in Colorado.
A federal appeals court in 2015 threw out five of his 18 convictions. Blagojevich was hoping the Supreme Court would consider tossing the rest.
His lawyers argued that the line between the legal and illegal trading of political favors has become blurred, potentially leaving politicians everywhere subject to prosecution.