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Blagojevich Given Extra Month Before Prison at Hearing

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The judge in the trial of convicted ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich agreed to delay the date Blagojevich must report to serve his sentence and will recommend he serve his time in Colorado.

Judge James Zagel, who last week sentenced Blagojevich to 14 years in prison on corruption charges, agreed to allow Blagojevich an extra month so he could move his family into a new home. 

Blagojevich must now report to prison by March 15 instead of Feb. 16. Prosecutors objected to the change but were unsuccessful.

Blagojevich's lawyers were in court to offer suggestions on which facility they'd like to see Blagojevich serve his sentence, saying he'd like to serve his time at Englewood prison in Colorado.  It was a bit of surprise, as people had expected Blagojevich would ask for a prison closer to home, like Wisconsin or Michigan.

Blagojevich's attorney said he didn't know why Blagojevich chose Colorado and said his family would not be moving there.

"They're an incredibly close family and they're continuing to be close, and spend all their time together," said defense attorney Lauren Kaeseberg. "They're really just loving each other and spending time together."

Judge Zagel agreed to recommend Englewood for Blagojevich's sentence. His recommendation will go to the Board of Prisons, which will ultimately decide where Blagojevich will serve.

The Board of Prisons takes into account factors like overcrowding and proximity to family. They will not announce where he goes until he arrives.

Englewood (located in a suburb south of Denver) has both a prison camp and a minimum security prison facility, but Blagojevich was thought to be ineligible for a prison camp, often nicknamed "Club Fed," because his sentence is over 10 years.

There are strict rules about what female visitors can do and wear:

  • no miniskirts or see-through clothing
  • no halter or sleeveless tops
  • one kiss at beginning and end of visit

 

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