15 Mar 2012

Disgraced Governor Rod Blagojevich Starts 14 Year Sentence!

1x1.trans Disgraced Governor Rod Blagojevich Starts 14 Year Sentence!

Ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich has arrived at the federal prison in Colorado where he will begin serving a 14-year sentence for corruption.

With two of his lawyers beside him, Blagojevich arrived at the entrance to the low-security federal prison near Littleton, Colo., at about 12:50 p.m. Chicago time.

He had approached the prison earlier, but then headed to a lunch spot for a final meal before he surrendered. He ordered a double patty melt, fries and a soda but didn’t finish the meal, according to Josh Andreakos, general manager of Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers.

In what has become a familiar scene in the three years since Blagojevich was taken out of his home in handcuffs by federal agents, the former governor had bounded down the stairs of his Ravenswood Manor home hours earlier as cameramen, photographers and reporters crushed around him and well-wishers shouted encouragement.

Reporters shouted out questions as Blagojevich, dressed in a dark blazer and shirt with blue jeans, walked toward a waiting Chrysler sedan. “You are the best,” someone yelled. In a few moments, the crowd quieted down and Blagojevich made a brief statement.

“Saying goodbye is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do,” he said. “I’m leaving with a heavy heart, a clear conscience, but I have high, high hopes for the future. Among the hopes is that you guys go home and our neighbors can get their neighborhood back. I’ll see you guys when I see ya. I’ll see you around.”

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07 Dec 2011

Former Illinois Governer Rod Blagojevich Sentenced To 14 Years In Prison!

1x1.trans Former Illinois Governer Rod Blagojevich Sentenced To 14 Years In Prison!

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison and fined $20,000 for what U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald famously referred to as a criminal corruption crime spree at the time of Blagojevich’s arrest three years ago.

Patti Blagojevich buried her head in her husband’s shoulder and the two embraced. He pulled back to brush tears off her cheek and then rubbed her shoulders.

Blagojevich will have to serve just under 12 years under federal rules that say defendants must complete 85 percent of their sentence. Blagojevich doesn’t have to report to federal prison until Feb. 16.

The sentence handed down by U.S. District Judge James Zagel is more than double the prison term given in 2006 to former Gov. George Ryan, who is serving a 6 ½-year sentence in a federal prison in Terre Haute.

Before pronouncing sentence, Zagel told Blagojevich he had abused the public trust. “When it is the governor who goes bad, the fabric of Illinois is torn and disfigured and not easily repaired,” Zagel said.

The judge said Blagojevich was clearly responsible for his crimes, not his underlings as the former governor had argued. “He marched them and ruined a few of their careers and more than that in the process,” the judge said.

While Zagel said he was sympathetic to how the sentence would affect Blagojevich’s daughters, he asked, “Why did devotion as a father not deter him? … Now it is too late.”

Zagel announced the sentence after a somber Blagojevich, his voice cracking with emotion, pleaded for a lighter sentence with a round of apologies to the judge, to the jurors who convicted him, to the public and to his family.

“I’m here convicted of crimes. The jury decided I was guilty. I am accepting of it. I acknowledge it, and I of course am unbelievably sorry for it,” Blagojevich said.

“I want to apologize to the people of Illinois, to the court, for the mistakes I have made…I never set out to break the law. I never set out to cross lines.”

Blagojevich said he thought he was acting in accord with the law when he did things for which he later was convicted.

“I was mistaken. The jury convicted me and they convicted me because those were my actions…I am responsible. I caused it all. I’m not blaming anybody. I was the governor, and I should have known better. And I am just so incredibly sorry.”

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24 Jun 2011

Tribune challenges documents in Blagojevich retrial

Lawyers for the Chicago Tribune challenged in court today the filing of documents out of public view by lawyers on both sides in the retrial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

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24 Jun 2011

Tribune challenges documents in Blagojevich retrial

Lawyers for the Chicago Tribune challenged in court today the filing of documents out of public view by lawyers on both sides in the retrial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

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17 Jun 2011

Blagojevich jury takes a day off

The jury deciding the fate of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich will not convene today, returning Monday for a sixth day of deliberations.

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14 Jun 2011

Blagojevich jurors going into 3rd day

Jurors in the corruption retrial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich return for a third day of deliberations this morning.

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01 Jun 2011

Senate seat takes center stage at Blago trial

When former Gov. Rod Blagojevich returns to the witness stand for a fourth day this morning, he is expected to make further denials that he ever attempted to sell or trade President Barack Obama’s old Senate seat.

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19 May 2011

Blagojevich prosecution prepares to wrap up case

U.S. attorneys proceeding much quicker than at last summer’s trial; ex-governor getting ready to testify in own defense, sources sayFederal prosecutors at the retrial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich have told the judge they expect to call thei…

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