Rod Blagojevich Stripped Of Law License
Rod Blagojevich, the former Illinois governor convicted of multiple corruption charges earlier this year, was stripped of his law license last week, according to multiple reports Wednesday.
The Illinois State Supreme Court suspended Blagojevich’s law license, the court's order stating, “Respondent (Blagojevich) is suspended from the practice of law effective immediately and until further order of court."
According to ABC affiliate WLS-TV in Chicago, the Illinois Attorney Registration Disciplinary Commission had asked the Illinois Supreme Court to void Blagojevich’s right to practice law.
Blagojevich has not practiced law since before he was elected to the U.S. Congress almost 15 years ago, so the court order “will have little impact on his already diminished earning power,” WLS reported.
WLS also reported that Springfield, Ill. lawmakers “made moves to ensure Blagojevich will not be able to receive his $65,000 a year state pension.”
Lawmakers decided Wednesday that any former lawmaker or statewide official convicted of a felony should get more scrutiny before receiving pension checks.
“The General Assembly Retirement System board added the extra layer of scrutiny Wednesday with Blagojevich on the verge of turning 55 in December. That’s when he’s eligible to apply for a state pension,” the Chicago Tribune reported.
Blagojevich, convicted of 17 of the 20 corruption charges filed against him, is currently awaiting sentencing.