State: Blagojevich jury reaches verdicts on 18 counts

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich

Do you know what “Ignorantia juris non excusat” means?

It’a a Latin term for “ignorance of the law excuses not.” It’s also a term that aptly applies to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Blagojevich, now in the midst of a 14-year prison term for corruption, has spent much of his time in captivity trying to get out. His latest bid involves gaining a pardon from President Donald Trump, who has the authority to commute Blagojevich’s sentence.

The pair have a link because each appeared in the past on the hit television show, “Celebrity Apprentice.’’ Trump has broached the possibility of freeing Blagojevich, saying he was convicted for “being stupid.’’

We agree Blagojevich behaved foolishly when he attempted to sell an Illinois Senate seat for personal profit and tried to extort a children’s hospital, two of the crimes that landed him a conviction.

But it’s no excuse, plain and simple, and not a justifiable reason to let Blagojevich out of the Colorado penal facility he currently calls home. If Trump chooses to release him, a more valid reason is necessary.

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