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Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 12/07/2011

Rod Blagojevich sentenced to 14 years in prison (live tweets)

Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich appeared in court Wednesday for his sentencing. Blagojevich was convicted of 18 counts of corruption, including trying to sell or trade an appointment to President Obama's former Senate seat. Appearing before the court on Tuesday, Blagojevich’s attorneys pleaded for the lowest possible sentence. Instead, the judge gave him 14 years in prison — one of the stiffest penalties imposed for corruption. Follow the tweets below along as the story unfolded in court:
In this courtroom sketch, former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, foreground, and his wife Patti, left, listen as Blagojevich's defense attorney Carolyn Gurland addresses U.S. District Judge James Zagel during his sentencing hearing. (Tom Gianni/AP)

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