Blagojevich gets 14 years in prison for corruption

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich departs his home in Chicago, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, for the second day of his sentencing hearing on 18 corruption counts, including trying to to auction off President Barack Obama's old Senate seat. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

December 7, 2011 12:01:10 PM PST
Rod Blagojevich, the ousted Illinois governor whose three-year battle against criminal charges became a national spectacle, was sentenced to 14 years in prison Wednesday, one of the stiffest penalties imposed for corruption in a state with a history of crooked politics.