Blago lawyer: Don't punish him for state history

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich pauses as he talks with reporters at the Federal Court building after the judge handed the case to the jury in his corruption trial Thursday, June 9, 2011 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

December 6, 2011 1:13:32 PM PST
Rod Blagojevich was clearly the ringleader of the schemes for which he was convicted, and lied about his actions on the witness stand, a judge said Tuesday at the ousted Illinois governor's sentencing on charges that include trying to sell an appointment to President Barack Obama's former Senate seat.