Rod Blagojevich welcomed the spotlight in the days after his prison sentence was commuted by President Trump. But he turned down the opportunity to appear before the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission today where a panel was hearing arguments over whether Blagojevich should be disbarred. His license has been suspended since 2011.
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"He is not prepared to lose his law license, but he just did not care to contest this proceeding today," said Sheldon Sorosky, Blagojevich's attorney.
During the hearing ARDC lawyer Christopher Heredia cited the crimes Blagojevich was convicted of, including trying to sell Barack Obama's Senate seat, and pointed out that Blagojevich has shown no remorse. Heredia also noted that Blagojevich didn't even bother to show up for the hearing.
"He had plenty to say at the time and now his silence is deafening," Heredia said.
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Sorosky argued that, "Blagojevich is not an evil man, not the bogeyman that our friends in the media have portrayed. He was a good man." He characterized the former governor's conduct as "meager" forms of corruption.
"He never shook anyone down, he never took advantage of anyone and that's why he should not be disbarred," Sorosky said.
One legal expert said the outlook is not good for Blagojevich.
"First of all, he didn't contest so that's very nearly an automatic disbarment right there. But based on the evidence which is he's convicted involving multiple felonies involving honesty and dishonesty the odds of him not getting disbarred are vanishingly small," said Gil Soffer, ABC7 legal analyst.
The ARDC lawyer asked the panel to recommend that Blagojevich be disbarred, sending a message that his conduct was not okay. The final decision will be up to the Illinois Supreme Court. No timetable has been set for a decision.
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