Friday, March 16, 2012

Prison-bound ex-Ill. Gov. Blagojevich says legal saga ‘not over,’ has faith in appeal process

CHICAGO — Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich embraced the public spotlight one last time Wednesday, claiming on the day before he reports to prison that he always believed what he did was legal and expressing faith that an appeal of his corruption convictions will succeed.

The famously talkative Blagojevich seemed to relish the attention as he spoke to a throng of television cameras, reporters and well-wishers outside his Chicago home less than 24 hours before he was due to arrive at a Colorado prison to begin serving a 14-year sentence. He was convicted on 18 counts during two trials, including charges that he tried to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat.

“While my faith in things has sometimes been challenged, I still believe this is America, this is a country that is governed by the rule of law, that the truth ultimately will prevail,” the impeached governor said during an event that seemed part farewell, part campaign rally.

“As bad as it is, (this) is the beginning of another part of a long and hard journey that will only get worse before it gets better, but that this is not over.” Read More