Prison Job, Tedium Await Defiant Blagojevich

Thursday, 15 Mar 2012 06:33 AM

 

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CHICAGO — Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, insisting defiantly that he will continue to fight his prison term, is trading in his Oxxford-label suits for prison khakis and a new identity: Inmate Number 40892-424.

The impeached one-time golden boy of Illinois politics famous for his trademark thick hair and penchant for television cameras begins his 14-year term on corruptions charges on Thursday at a federal prison in Colorado.

Jurors convicted Blagojevich on 18 counts, including charges he tried to sell or trade President Barack Obama's old U.S. Senate seat.

Blagojevich spoke Wednesday to supporters and reporters outside his Chicago home, declaring defiantly: "This is not over."

He is appealing the convictions and the prison term.

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