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Federal prosecutors believe that convicted former Governor Rod Blagojevich faces up to 30 years to life in prison under sentencing guidelines.
CHICAGO, IL (Catholic Online) - Lawyers who know the guidelines are saying the sentence could be increased because of the money he tried to fraudulently obtain. Blagojevich was convicted of seeking more than $1.5 million in bribes.
Other issues to be taken into consideration include his violation of public trust and whether the judge believes he lied under oath during trial.
Ultimately, U.S. District judge, James Zagel will decide how much time Blagojevich will do. The prosecution and probation department will make recommendations but Zagel will have the final say.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.