Supreme Court yanks Blagojevich’s license to practice law
BY DAVE MCKINNNEY Sun-Times Springfield bureau chief October 26, 2011 3:12PM
Ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich
Updated: November 7, 2011 2:45PM
SPRINGFIELD — Convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich took another hit Wednesday after the Illinois Supreme Court suspended his law license “until further notice.”
The move follows a push by the state Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission to strip the former governor of his license after twice being convicted by federal juries on corruption charges.
The state’s high court announced its decision in a one-sentence statement that said Blagojevich was “suspended from the practice of law effective immediately and until further order of [the] court.”
Earlier this month, Blagojevich filed his response to the commission’s petition to suspend his law license but gave justices no arguments why his license should not be suspended.
Instead, the impeached former chief executive simply responded to the complaint point by point, acknowledging only that he has a law license, was elected and re-elected governor and convicted by two different federal juries.
“I’d say it’s something he expected,” Blagojevich lawyer Sheldon Sorosky told the Chicago Sun-Times.
The decision has no real impact on the former governor because “he really hasn’t been an active member of the bar since he became a congressman so he’s not been active for 15 years,” Sorosky said.
Meanwhile, the General Assembly Retirement System threw up a new barrier to block Blagojevich from drawing a nearly $64,000-a-year state pension when he turns 55 in December.
The retirement board voted to permit pension payments to a convicted felon awaiting sentencing to be delayed until a formal board vote stripping the official of the perk, said Tim Blair, executive director of the General Assembly Retirement System.