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Former Illinois Governor Enters Prison

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Posted on Mar 15, 2012
AP / Ed Andrieski

With his attorneys at his side, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, center, arrived Thursday at the Federal Correctional Institution Englewood in Littleton, Colo., where he began serving a 14-year sentence for corruption.

A defiant Rod Blagojevich headed to a federal prison in Colorado on Thursday to begin a 14-year sentence on charges that included attempting to sell the Senate seat that once belonged to President Obama.

“I’m leaving with a heavy heart, a clear conscience and I have high, high hopes for the future,” he told reporters, well-wishers and others.

The Associated Press offered a glimpse of the former governor’s life in the years ahead. —ARK

AP via The Guardian:

Inside, Blagojevich’s life will be strictly regimented. The ex-governor — who was heard on the FBI wiretaps scoffing at the idea of earning a low six-figure salary — will work a menial prison job, possibly cleaning bathrooms or doing landscape work, starting at 12 cents an hour.

Guards take a half dozen head counts a day, including several overnight, and Blagojevich will be told what to do rather than give orders to sycophant aides, as he did while Illinois’ top executive.

“He’s going to be doing a lot of, ‘yes sir’ and ‘no sir,’” said Jim Laski, a former Chicago city clerk sentenced to two years in prison for corruption in 2006.

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By radson, March 16, 2012 at 7:26 pm Link to this comment

Well Blago is going to jail for something that has become a natural occurrence in US politics .Hell you could send almost the entire Congress to prison along with the leading Multinational CEOs’ so of course His conscience is clear .

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By cyclezealot, March 16, 2012 at 11:26 am Link to this comment

This is not unique to Illinois.. Unfortunately..
Illinois has had 3 governors that have had to serve
time. They should put ex gov Ryan and Blagojevich
together and they could form a club. .
..  14 Years..?.. How bad was his corruption.? Rep.
Randy Cunningham received 8 years . Tom DeLay, 3
years.. I’d given Duke Cunningham more time than
Blagojevich.?

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By RAE, March 16, 2012 at 5:13 am Link to this comment

Such a misdirected waste of talent. And there’s no doubting Rod is a talented man… unfortunately he’s also possessed of a twisted sense of entitlement and morality along with an attitude that just plain sucks.

It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if he manages to manipulate the system to his benefit for the next few years (yes, “few”) before he’s on the streets again with his depraved philosophy of life intact.

He says his conscience is “clear” - it should be -it’s non-existant!

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By PatrickHenry, March 16, 2012 at 3:29 am Link to this comment

We need to see more of this with sitting representatives, bankers and those companies who defraud the taxpayers.

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