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Judge agrees to delay the start of former Gov. Rob Blagojevich prison term

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich
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(CBS/AP) CHICAGO - A federal judge has agreed to delay the start of ousted Illinois Gov. Rob Blagojevich prison term.

U.S. District Judge James Zagel agreed Tuesday to allow Blagojevich to report to prison to serve his 14-year sentence on March 15 instead of February 16. That is when he was originally scheduled last week to begin his time.

He was convicted of corruption charges including allegations that he tried to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama's vacated senate seat.

Blagojevich's attorneys asked for more time so he could help his family move into a new home.

Zagel agreed to recommend that Blagojevich be sent to the low-security Englewood prison in Littleton, Colorado. Federal prison officials have the final say.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Blagojevich would have rather been sent to a minimum-security prison camp. However, the U.S. Bureau of Prisons usually does not consider that option for defendants sentenced to 10 or more years in prison, Attorney Sheldon Sorosky said.

"It's kind of like applying to school," he said of the former governor's decision to request a low-security prison instead of a camp. "If the kid who's got all C's asks to go to Harvard, he's probably not going to get in."

Sorosky says he isn't sure why Blagojevich wants that prison; he says the Blagojevich family isn't moving to Colorado.


  • Crimesider Staff

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