Napolitano on New 'Blago' Ruling: The Judge Made a Mistake
A federal judge denied former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's (D) bid to have his 14-year prison sentence reduced.
"Blago" - who has been in prison since 2012 after trying to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama's old Senate seat - appeared on a courtroom screen through a video from a Colorado prison, his first public appearance since entering prison.
His wife and daughters pleaded for leniency, but U.S. District Judge James Zagel said it's an "unfortunate reality" that innocent family members suffer consequences.
Judge Andrew Napolitano reacted this afternoon, telling Shep Smith that Illinois has more incarcerated former elected officials than any other U.S. state.
He explained that the judge may be trying to take a hard line in this case given those past convictions of others.
Napolitano, who sentenced over 1,000 individuals in New Jersey, said the first question a judge asks is: who was harmed by the defendant's actions?
"In this case, the answer is zero. Nobody was harmed by what he did," he argued.
Napolitano said he believes the judge made a mistake in deciding to give the former Gov. a 14-year sentence and in refusing to lighten the penalty.
Watch the amusing conversation above, as Shep took the opportunity to re-use "Flying Blago."