Blagojevich's law license suspended

October 26, 2011

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Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's law license was yanked Wednesday by the state Supreme Court.

Blagojevich's legal career got off to a rough start. The ex-governor has described his first year at Pepperdine Law School as "almost catastrophic" because he was more interested in history books than law ones. It also took him a couple tries to pass the bar exam.

Twenty-seven years later, he's lost his right to be a lawyer. The Supreme Court issued an order suspending Blagoejevich "from the practice of law immediately." For now, it's a temporary suspension.

In recommending the suspension, the state's Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission noted Blagojevich was found "guilty of crimes that involve moral terpitude and reflect adversely upon his fitness to practice law."

It's not like this will have much impact on Blagojevich. He's been on "inactive" status as an attorney, and is awaiting sentencing for the 18 federal counts he was found guilty of.

Blagojevich's lawyers could not be reached for comment, and a publicist for the former governor had no immediate response.