Blagojevich To Make Public Statement Before Going To Prison

UPDATED 03/08/12 5:16 a.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — Time is ticking away for deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is now spending his final week at his family’s home in the Ravenswood Manor neighborhood before he must report for his 14-year prison term.

But as CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports, before Blagojevich reports to the prison in Englewood, Colo., he is planning to make a public statement in person.

Blagojevich’s attorneys say he wants to enter prison in a dignified fashion, without any media frenzy he saw during his two trials and sentencing.

In December, U.S. District Judge James B. Zagel handed Blagojevich a stiff 14 year sentence. Jurors convicted him on 18 corruption counts in the summer, including allegations that he tried to sell President Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat.

The last time Blagojevich made a comment of any kind was immediately after his sentencing, when much in character, he pulled a literary quote to make his point.

“Rudyard Kipling, in his poem, ‘If,’ among the things he wrote is, ‘If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster and treat those two impostors the same,’ ” he said. “For Patti and I, and especially me, this is a time to be strong. This is a time to fight through adversity. This is a time for me to be strong for my children; to be strong for Patti.”

He said his next mission was to go home with his wife and explain to his daughters, Amy, 15, and Annie, 8, what will happen from here.

Blagojevich was ubiquitous in the media in the three years between his arrest and conviction – which featured frequent interviews on national talk shows, a stint as a talk radio host on WLS-890 AM, competition as a contestant on “Celebrity Apprentice,” and an appearance in a series of pistachio nut commercials that also featured Snooki.

But since his sentencing, he has not given any public interviews at all. Last month, his wife, Patti, appeared just last week on the Rosie O’Donnell Show, expressing grief about his imminent departure and still insisting he did nothing wrong.

At times sobbing, she said, “He was found guilty of getting advice and having routine conversations.”

The former governor is expected to report to federal prison in Colorado on Thursday, March 15, where he will be assigned the number 40892-424.

It is unclear whether Blagojevich might talk with reporters, or what he will say in his statement.

  • We Love Blago

    ooo… I can’t wait!

  • Army Vet,VN

    I bet the shorts on my White as s that obamakov pardons him,it was a deal done way back so he would keep his mouth shut,obamakov was involved in dealing for that senate seat.

    • Lyndia

      His name is PRESIDENT Obama, MF.

    • rusty

      If you ever listened to Blago’s radio show on WLS, several times he *ALMOST* started talkin’! He really wanted to. What that guy knows can bring down a lot of politicians. Hope he has kept a transcript.

      • John T

        Blago never got close enough to anyone to catch anything that might bring anyone down. He was a complete isolationist. He has nothing on anyone.

  • Ralph

    Well i certainly hope that is the case. He doesn’t deserve that harsh punishment anyway.

    • Lyndia

      No he dosen’t deserve that much time. He really should not have gotten ANY TIME. I would love to see the President Obama pardon him when he leaves office, like Clinton did.

  • rjh

    Any person in his position would have negotiated the seat. He is no different than all the others In fact I think he was one of the best we had in a while.

  • jones

    WHO THE HELL CARES?>??????

  • jones

    I rather watch grass grow than hear any more of this stupid man. You are a fool. You are a bad example to your children. YOU are an IDIOT because you still think you did nothing wrong when in fact you DID WRONG. SO

    • Lyndia

      How do you know he did something wrong? Because he is going to jail? You are a bigger fool than a government mule, if you think the judical system is fair.

  • Bob Hamilton

    The reason the United States is sliding into history so fast is because there are so many uneducated, non-voting, living on government dollars while drinking and smoking, gambling too much, racist, anti-immigration, dishonest, mental case idiots out there. It’s just sad and shocking how so many US citizens can be so stupid! You know you’re one of these people if you have any of the symptoms listed above. But many of you have been lying to yourselves for so long (like Blago) that you don’t even know that you’re lying anymore! Here is a quick example: Who among you does not vote every election? Who just made a quick mental excuse instead of admitting the truth? Hey! Don’t get mad at me, I’m just pointing out the facts!

  • Lenny

    Where is the State retrement monies that BLAGO and his constituants gave to the CTA. years ago.Never put the money back that is ours,not the CTA.I am tired of hearing him on TV.,HE IS A DRAMA (KING).

  • juju

    What about Patti? She’s gonna need some loving.

  • Centurion

    I think he wants people to know..that Patti should be considered for a spot on the new tv show…MOB WIVES OF CHICAGO! Other than that……why is anyone listening to this serbian thug?

    • We Love Blago

      Because we love him! And especially his hairdo! He’s our HERO!!!

  • tony


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