You all thought that former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was down for the count, didn't you? But what you failed to account for was the unsinkable Blagojevich spirit!
The former Illinois governor began serving his 14-year sentence for corruption in March at Englewood, a low-security facility in Littleton, Colo., and spent his early days inside working in the kitchen washing pots and pans six days a week. But those days of drudgery are over — he's finally been bumped up to a coveted library position, his former defense attorney Sam Adam Jr. told WBBM Newsradio this weekend.
"He's either in the library, or just about to get in the library," Adam said.
You can't keep a guy like this down. Today he's shelving books, next week he might be keeping books in the laundry. And after that, who knows?! Is it too much to assume that we might be looking at a future warden's assistant?
I don't think so. This guy has the goods!
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Rod Blagojevich — who earlier today admitted his own guilt in a burlap sack full of federal charges levied against him — was just handed a sentence that is pretty much the polar opposite of "fuckin' golden"…
Disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich was sentenced Wednesday to 14 years in prison after he made a final plea for leniency, acknowledging his guilt and saying, “I am unbelievably sorry.”
“I believe he did, in fact, accept [responsibility],” U.S. District Judge James Zagel said in announcing how long Blagojevich should spend in prison after being convicted of 18 corruption charges that included attempting to sell or trade an appointment to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the election of President Barack Obama.
Well, you know how these things go. Especially with reality TV stars. 14 years. That'll probably get bumped down to seven or eight months.
Blagojevich will have to surrender Feb. 16. Under federal sentencing rules, Blagojevich will have to serve 85 percent of his sentence, or just under 12 years in prison, at a minimum. The ex-governor turns 55 on Saturday.
Oooooohhhhh… Maybe that's why he was always telling people that he was innocent. That makes a lot more sense than my old theory, which was that he is a transdimensional manifestation of a quantum being who exists outside of fixed reality.
Though, I still think that's a likely possibility.
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Turns out that — despite many completely plausible and rambling protestations of his innocence — former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is, in fact, guilty of trying to sell a U.S. Senate seat…
Ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich told a federal judge at his sentencing hearing this morning that he accepts his guilt and is sorry…
Blagojevich's attorneys admitted for the first time Tuesday that he's guilty of corruption, but said the sentence of 15 to 20 years prosecutors want is too harsh.
And here I had taken him at his word this whole time. I feel like such a fool.
Today, I have lost a piece of my innocence.
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