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James S. Montana, Jr., Vedder Price Shareholder and former Chief Legal Counsel to ex-Illinois Governor James Edgar, was quoted in the recent Bloomberg article “Blagojevich Could Get 20-Year Term for Trying to Sell Obama Senate Seat.”

The article provided speculation on the length of ex-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s jail term just prior to sentencing. Blagojevich, who was convicted of political corruption in a June 2011 retrial, was eligible for a prison term of 30 years to life. A 12-year term was more likely, said Mr. Montana.

“Rezko got 10 and Rezko was not the public official,” Mr. Montana says in the article, referring to Antoin “Tony” Rezko, who recently received a 10½-year sentence for corruption charges. “Something above 10 years but below 15 years ought to satisfy anyone’s sense of justice.” (Mr. Montana’s prediction was in line with the actual sentence of 14 years.)

“Blagojevich Could Get 20-Year Term for Trying to Sell Obama Senate Seat” appeared in the December 6, 2011 edition of Bloomberg.