Blagojevich Wants To Report To Prison ‘With Dignity’

CHICAGO (CBS) — The once very public Rod Blagojevich is now seeking privacy for the start of his 14-year prison term at a low-security prison outside Denver.

As WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports, the former governor went on a national media blitz after he was arrested on corruption charges to blast prosecutors. He also appeared on Donald Trump’s reality TV show “Celebrity Apprentice,” and hosted a radio talk show before his trial.

But since his conviction on 18 corruption charges, Blagojevich has largely avoided the spotlight.

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Defense attorney Carolyn Gurland, who is leading the former governor’s appeal, said Blagojevich wants to surrender “with dignity” when he reports to prison next month. He hopes it will be a private moment, not one surrounded by reporters.

In exactly one month, Blagojevich is due to report to prison.

At Blagojevich’s request, U.S. District Judge James Zagel recommended the former governor serve his time at the Englewood federal prison in Littleton, Colo., near Denver.

Englewood has both a low-security prison and a prison camp.

Located less than an hour from Denver, it would be a relatively easy commute from Chicago, should his wife and daughters remain in the city.

Blagojevich has also sought to be enrolled in a drug and alcohol treatment program which, combined with good behavior, could trim his prison term to about 11 years.

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  • tom sharp

    The words ‘dignity’ and ‘Blagojevich’ don’t belong in the same sentence!

    • Bob Hamilton

      You summed up what I was about to write.

      • bubba

        exactly my sentiments also

  • What A Azz Clown Be Gone Soon

    I think it may have been better/ cheaper for everyone if he would of served his time as Governor (With Dignity).

  • BG

    WHAT……………Is he a presciption drug addict or an alchoholic now??……………….He needs to sign up for a CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS class…………OR a GOVERNMENT SERVANT course

  • Gary

    Hey Blago-dumb-S. You killed Dignity. You want dignity? Then kill yourself you coward son of a female dog.

  • Afro

    Report to prison with dignity then you add the word Blagojevich, I must live in the dam twilightzone

  • Naomi Freeman

    HA, ha, ha, ha, ha…..ah, ha, ha, ha, ha….ah, ha, ha, ha, ha….dignity? Rod the clown has to be kidding right? This is f-em golden? Ha, ha, ha, ha,,,,ah ha, ha, ha, ha, ha…my God I cannot stop laughing at this clown! From 300k a year and a home in one of the best area’s in Chicago to a federal prison for 14 years…..ha, ha, ha, ha, ha…ah, ha, ha, ha….all I can say is God bless law enforcement, the reporters who broke the story, and Governor Quinn for making Illinnios goverment acessible to the taxpayer again. Now we need to vote out Mel and his daughter so we can rid Illinois of the rest of corrupted cancer! Mother F&**(((() Rod…..

  • Just me

    People here in Colorado aren’t exactly thrilled about this either, please keep him, his wife and kids there in Illinois! Does this imbecile even know how to spell the word dignity?

  • Toonces

    I wish that the rest of the ILLAnnoy Dumbo cr appes and their dead voters would get tossed in right along with him!!!!

  • Bob Hamilton

    This guy thought he could run Illinois from his home office in his p.j.’s. He could have settled this case years ago doing maybe a year, but he “managed” to get himself 14 years, which is about how long it will take Illinois to dig itself out of the whole he made. Seeing the beautiful mountains of Colorado while locked behind prison walls will only make things worse not better for him. If he had any decency he would let Patty start over with someone who is not a full blown level 5 sociopath.
    I just created that level 5 stuff. It’s not in the DSM-IV-TR.

  • Bob Hamilton

    Dignity is the name of his new rubber inflatable friend. It’s very realistic I hear. The Gov is still a little unclear on the concept of ‘prison”. That should bot be a big surprise. He is also unclear on the concepts of honesty, hard work public service, and I forgot the last one I was going to write.

  • 38Special

    Go to prison with dignity this smooth talker could be an Illinois Governor some day (Sarcasm)

    I love this video of Ron Paul the ending is the best part, watch it all the way through.

    Ron Paul Gingrich on draft

  • Opossum

    How is Denver a relatively easy commute from Chicago? I wonder about the people who write this stuff.

  • george

    you really have to love this guy… can not wait to see what he does next to shorten his time in prison…

  • iinoyfb2

    The citizens of Illinois should have one big, loud, drum beating, horn honking, hand clapping, cheering ‘Blagojevich “Dignity” Parade’ the day this piece of work hits the road for Colorado. Oh yes, and clearly state Blagojevich you’re not welcome back.

    Bye-bye big hair guy, see you when you’re gray. Finally, DO pick up the soap.

  • juju

    What’s Patti doing in April. I’ll give her some of my dignity.

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  • Marti M

    Rod is about as bad as you get – totally out of touch with reality other than his own ego. He’s a real coward and when it’s time to pay the piper he’s leaving out the back door. Patti picked him and we all know she’s cut from the same cloth. Too bad for the kids, they’re the real victims along with all of the Illinois residents

  • bob

    The people in hell want ice water, Rod. You sowed the wind, now reap the whirlwind. Your past conduct precludes any feelings of sympathy from the media and almost all others. Maybe your new friends in Colorado will throw you a welcome party. Just think, when you get out you will be eligible for Social Security and won’t need to work anymore.

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