The justices left in place a lower court ruling that rejected Blagojevich's arguments that he deserved leniency because he has been a "model prisoner" in the years he has already spent in federal prison and because some counts in his original 2011 conviction had been thrown out.
With legal avenues closed, Blagojevich's wife says they'll have to put their "faith elsewhere and find another way". He's scheduled to be released in 2024.
Blagojevich, 61, was convicted on charges including wire fraud, extortion and soliciting bribes while governor.
His convictions included trying to extort a children's hospital for contributions and seeking to trade an appointment to the Senate seat Barack Obama vacated when he was elected president for campaign cash. The only possibility for relief now would be presidential intervention-a pardon from President Donald Trump. Annually 8000 appeals are requested of the court and on average only 80 are approved. "Although we are disheartened by this decision, we are thankful for the outpouring of support we've received along the way". The ex-governor's attorney Leonard Goodman said early Monday that he would publicly respond only in victory and did not reply to immediate requests for comment from the ABC7 I-Team.
Even though Trump fired Blagojevich on the show, he later told Forbes magazine that he "felt bad for him and his family".
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