I agree. 14 years is excessive. I find it amusing when people start posting things like "He should do 20 years!...He needs to suffer!...He should do hard time!"
First of all, the prosecution's case against him was shady and full of holes. I'm not saying he is totally innocent. He is simply paying the price for taking the government to trial. The way it works is that they offer you a sweet plea deal to ensure they WIN the case. If you assert your right to defend yourself and LOSE in trial, you get the book thrown at you.
He could have probably plead guilty from the start and gotten 5 years minus good time minus drug program time, etc. He could have served 2-3 years. He STILL maintains his innocence and I kind of sympathize with him. I DO NOT believe the government and I do not trust the information they are presenting in this case.
This is just my opinion and if some of you want to bash me for it...go right ahead!! Keep watching the corporate media and keep doing as you are told!!
I definitely don't want to bash anyone , I enjoy different opinions, helps me and hopefully others learn. The sentence is very long, when you consider the same acts in the private sector may not even be criminal. But he was caught on tape selling a public office. I don't think there is any way to spin that, they played the tapes publicly. But I don't know a lot about Rod and this case.
When you accept a public office based on public trust you should be held to a higher standard than someone in private industry. And "they" need to send a message to the others. I believe there were 2 or 3 other Chicago Mayors who ended up serving time (or being thrown out, I forget)l. Maybe the next one will think three times before making crooked deals, although I somehow doubt it. We all plan on living forever and we all never think we can do most anything and not get caught. Or most of us anyway. I think that's human nature.