CHICAGO — Former Governor Rod Blagojevich’s law license was the subject of a hearing on Tuesday morning.
Blagojevich didn’t attend the hearing, but his attorney did.
“The former governor is not here today because he did not care to contest this proceeding,” attorney Sheldon Sorosky said.
It will be up to the Illinois Supreme Court on whether or not he’s disbarred.
No decision was reached Tuesday after the court received a recommendation from the State’s Disciplinary Panel, which heard evidence on Tuesday.
Attorneys for disbarment said the former governor was in it for himself, and not for the State of Illinois, and it was the entire state that suffered for his pay-to-play politics.
Blagojevich’s attorney said his client does accept the fact he was convicted, but also said Blagojevich doesn’t believe he committed any crimes.
“Governor Blagojevich was asked by people to do certain things, all the things he was asked to do were legal,” Sorosky said. “Those are all legal requests.”
There’s no timeline on when the Illinois State Supreme Court may rule.
After serving nearly eight years, Blagojevich was released from a Colorado prison last week after President Trump announced he commuted Blagojevich’s 14-year prison sentence.
Blagojevich was impeached and removed from office after being convicted in 2011. He had been found guilty of crimes that included seeking to sell an appointment to Barack Obama’s old Senate seat and trying to shake down a children’s hospital.
Blagojevich continues to tell those who’ll listen that he’s the victim. The message was echoed Tuesday by his attorney.
“The mistake Governor Blagojevich may have made was people on his behalf asked for campaign donations to close in time for those requests. But he never shook anyone down,” Sorosky said. “He never took advantage of anyone and that’s why he should not be disbarred.”
Blagojevich was convicted of political corruption just months after he appeared on Trump’s reality TV show, “Celebrity Apprentice.”
When Sorosky was asked if the former governor would like to continue being an attorney, he replied, “sure.”