Some doubt Blago sentence will deter corruption

Associated Press
Updated 12/7/2011 3:28 PM

Political analysts say they're not convinced that ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich's stiff 14-year sentence will deter others from engaging in public corruption.

Dick Simpson is a longtime political watcher and former Chicago alderman. He says he wasn't surprised by the sentence but doesn't think it will have a deterrent effect.


Simpson says many public officials and workers have been convicted of corruption, but many more just didn't get caught. And he says they're probably correct to assume they won't be.

David Morrison is deputy director of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform. He isn't sure what effect the Blagojevich sentence will have but says the problem with corruption might be that past sentences weren't severe enough.

Morrison says it seems judges are more willing "to throw the book at people."

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