US Judge Denies Reducing Blagojevich's Prison Sentence
A federal judge has upheld former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s 14-year prison sentence on corruption charges.
The 59-year-old democratic former governor was seen via a Colorado prison video feed for the first time since he entered prison in 2012
Reporters say he still has a full head of thick hair, but it has turned white because hair dyes aren't allowed in prison.
Blagojevich’s attorneys requested a five-year sentence after an appeals court struck down five of his 18 convictions, requiring he be resentenced. But prosecutors asked the judge to leave it the same, saying he doesn't deserve leniency.
Speaking to reporters outside Chicago federal court today (Tuesday), former Illinois first lady Patti Blagojevich says she found US District Judge James Zagel’s decision “unusually cruel and heartless and unfair.”
Blagojevich’s attorneys requested a five-year sentence after an appeals court struck down five of his 18 convictions, requiring he be resentenced. The democratic former governor was sentenced in 2011 after trying to exchange an appointment to President Barack Obama’s old US Senate seat for campaign cash.
The couple’s daughters made statements in support of their father, Patti Blagojevich says despite what their daughters said “the judge clearly made up his mind before it even started.”