The wife of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) said Friday that she was “speechless” when she heard that the ex-Chicago police officer convicted of murdering Laquan McDonald was sentenced to less time in prison than her husband is serving for corruption charges.
Patti Blagojevich, who has in the past appeared on Fox News to petition President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump knocks BuzzFeed over Cohen report, points to Russia dossier DNC says it was targeted by Russian hackers after fall midterms BuzzFeed stands by Cohen report: Mueller should ‘make clear what he’s disputing’ MORE for clemency in her husband’s case, tagged the president in a tweet Friday apparently seeking to gain his attention in the case.
“I am speechless,” she wrote on Twitter. “A 17 year old is dead and the sentence is less than half of my husbands sentence for discussions with his staff and attorney about political fundraising.”
I am speechless. A 17 year old is dead and the sentence is less than half of my husbands sentence for discussions with his staff and attorneys about political fundraising.@realDonaldTrump
— Patti Blagojevich (@pblagojevich) January 19, 2019
Her tweet came hours after former police officer Jason Van Dyke was sentenced to 6 years and nine months in prison for McDonald’s murder. Three other officers charged with conspiracy to cover up the murder were acquitted of those charges on Thursday.
Trump previously indicated to reporters during a conversation on Air Force One that he was open to intervening and granting clemency to the former governor. Illinois Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinSchumer wants answers from Trump on eminent domain at border Trump AG pick: I won’t be ‘bullied’ by anyone, including the president Live coverage: Trump AG pick grilled on Mueller probe at confirmation hearing MORE (D) has also called for Blagojevich’s sentence to be shortened.
“I think that the sentence imposed on Rod Blagojevich was definitely way too long. Fourteen years, it didn’t make sense,” Durbin told reporters last year.
“And so I’m not commenting on whether he was culpable or guilty. That was decided by the courts, but I thought the sentence was outrageous, and if there’s a way to reduce the sentence for him and his family, I would support it,” Durbin added at the time.