Rezko sentencing sends message on corruption

November 23, 2011

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Tony Rezko received a sentence of more than 10 years on Tuesday.

Tony Rezko, a key player in the corruption that took place under former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, was sentenced to 10-and-a-half years in prison. After court Tuesday, U.S. attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said he could not think of another sentence that was that harsh for a public corruption case. He said he hopes the message will finally be heard by public officials and the people they conspire with. It is a message that Blagojevich will likely think about as he faces his own sentencing hearing in just two weeks. WBEZ’s criminal and legal affairs reporter Robert Wildeboer joined Eight Forty-Eight to discuss the cases.