Quiet Weekend For Blagojevich Ahead Of Sentencing

CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s a quiet weekend for convicted ex-governor Rod Blagojevich and his family, just days before his sentencing hearing.

CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov has a look ahead at what Blagojevich and his family can expect.

Blagojevich has kept a pretty low profile since his corruption retrial ended this summer with convictions on 17 corruption counts. This weekend has been no exception.

Other than adopting a dog on Saturday, Blagojevich, his wife Patti and their two daughters have not spoken publicly about the government’s harsh sentencing recommendations or how he’s doing.

But his lawyers have.

“He’s doing fine. Of course, he’s nervous and apprehensive, but he’s doing fine and he’s with his family,” defense attorney Sheldon Sorosky said on Friday, after U.S. District Judge James Zagel told them he would not hand down a sentence until Wednesday, even if testimony and arguments in the sentencing hearing are done on Tuesday.

At that hearing, Zagel spent about an hour criticizing the way Blagojevich and his attorneys handled the second trial.

Neither Blagojevich nor his family attended that hearing, the last one before sentencing begins on Tuesday.

There are many difficult changes ahead for Patti Blagojevich and the girls.

The Blagojevich family already has been trying to sell their Ravenswood Manor home.

Many legal experts believe Blagojevich will get a lengthy prison sentence. Antoin “Tony” Rezko, Blagojevich’s chief fundraiser, got a 10 ½ year sentence for allegedly shaking down companies seeking state business under Blagojevich Many legal observers believe Zagel will not give Blagojevich a sentence any shorter than Rezko’s

In their filing, Blagojevich’s attorneys pushed for a much more lenient sentence – saying guidelines should warrant no more than a 41 to 51 month prison sentence. But they will argue for probation, stating he received no monetary gain and caused no public harm as two reasons for their position.

Blagojevich is expected to address the judge on Tuesday. Zagel said he will not pass down a sentence on Tuesday, but instead will rule on Wednesday.

CBS 2’s Legal Analyst Irv Miller says if Blagojevich receives a longer than 10 year sentence, he could be sent to a low-security prison instead of a prison camp.

Lights were on but no one was talking at the Blagojevich’s home Sunday night.

  • ralphy boy

    give himm 4 years of house arrest so his nkids can see him while they grow up.he never got the money anyway fir the seat and they ivaded his privacy of his home while his family was sleeping gastepo style thats bull we live in america not germany.

    • Ke

      Are you crazy?? NO WAY!! Obviously you do not know that man — he has been a “piece of work” for years . What he has done to so many people for decades in his quest to become President ALONE should put him behind bars for 50 to life. If there is ANY MAN out there that needs to be behind bars.. it is Roddy Bog

  • ralph g

    give him 4 years of house arrest so his kids can see him while they grow up. he never took no money for obamas seat anyway besidees they came in the early hours of the night to pick him up at his home gestapo style we live in america not germany.

  • Tom

    Rod needs to go to prison. No two ways about it. But what the judge really needs to take into consideration is this. He’s an idiot guided by some bad legal advice. He’s also got some mental health issues that need to be addrressed, which hopefully will be taken care of while he’s in the hole. In the mean time, will some entrapaneur take the initiative and make a year book of Illinois pols who have been conviced on corrpution charges and sent to prison.

    • Ursula

      You are stupid suggesting mental help for him!! He is brilliant to intelligent for most of your brains!!! He was not liked by his fellow politicians because he knew how to think.So he was different …He had European parents different ways of bringing up. On the top he was a lawyer.All lawyers talk,its there profession.But most of you wouldn’t know the difference anyway.You get some counseling Your brain is empty by the way you sound!!

  • Jakub Argasinski

    give him 15 -20 he know what he was doing

    • KE

      Yes he did!

  • Joel Sandler

    “I am not a crook.”

  • John Taz

    What I do know is you will be different when you come out regardless of the time you receive.

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