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Rod Blagojevich says he's a "freed political prisoner" after President Donald Trump commuted his prison sentence on Tuesday. The former Illinois governor was convicted of corruption for attempting to sell former President Barack Obama's U.S. Senate seat.
Trump commuted Blagojevich's 14-year prison sentence after the former governor had served eight years in prison. Blagojevich appeared as a contestant on Trump's Celebrity Apprentice television show. The two men have remained friends.
Blagojevich, who is a Democrat, praised Trump and called himself a "Trumpocrat."
"He didn't have to do this," Blagojevich said. "He's a Republican president. I was a Democratic governor. Doing this does nothing to help his politics."
Blagojevich held a press conference outside his Chicago home on Wednesday morning. As he spoke, he repeatedly wiped blood from his chin with tissue and apologized to the news media, saying he cut himself while shaving.
"I'm bruised, and I'm battered and bloody," he said. "Long time since I shaved with a normal razor and it takes a little bit of practice. Sorry about this blood."
His wife, Patti Blagojevich, and their two daughters stood beside him as he spoke to reporters. He marveled at how tall his youngest daughter had grown. She was 8 when he went to prison.
Blagojevich, 63, was the Illinois governor from 2003 until he was impeached and removed from office in 2009. He was convicted of trying to sell Obama's Senate seat to Obama's "preferred candidate #1" Valerie Jarrett.
Blagojevich allegedly tried to curry favors from Obama in exchange for appointing Jarrett to Obama's vacant Senate seat.
Trump granted clemency to 11 convicted felons on Tuesday, including Blagojevich and junk bond kingpin Michael Milkin.
Trump has not ruled out pardoning his longtime friend and advisor Roger Stone after he is sentenced in federal court on Thursday.
Darius Robinson was arrested on April 1 for failing to make child support payments. 3 days later he would be dead from a crushed windpipe. 3 months later, his murderers still aren't facing charges.
Robinson died after three jailers put him in a chokehold inside his cell at the Caddo County Jail on April 4. At least one of the jailers kept his knee on Robinson's neck as he struggled to breathe.
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Pimping charges were dropped against a Brooklyn man who was accused of forcing a 17-year-old girl into a life of prostitution in 2011, the NY Post reports.
The NY Post reports Robert Pannell, 36, was cleared of all charges of pimping and sex trafficking after prosecutors were alerted to an online ad offering the woman's services in exchange for money.
“We discovered a problem with the credibility of the witness and brought it to the attention of the court,” said Brooklyn District Attorney spokesman Jerry Schmetterer.
“She’s still in business,” said defense attorney David Jacobs. “[Pannell] was very happy this morning when I told him the good news, that [his accuser] was a total liar.”
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A suspect has been arrested in the death of Kile Glover, the 11-year-old son of Tameka Raymond and her ex-husband Ryan Glover.
According to TMZ, a Grand Jury in Hall County indicted Jeffrey Simon Hubbard for operating a jet ski irresponsibly and causing the accident that left Kile brain dead and a 16-year-old girl injured on Lake Lanier in July 2012.
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A 22-year-old Mississippi man has been arrested and charged with the death of an openly gay mayoral candidate. Lawrence Reed of Shelby was charged with the murder of Clarksdale mayoral candidate Marco McMillian, 34, on Thursday.
McMillian's body was found near the Mississippi River levee Wednesday morning, a day after Reed crashed McMillian's SUV into another vehicle on U.S. highway 49.
Reed was transported to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis, where he is listed in good condition. McMillian's relationship to Reed is not known.
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