Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s former attorney, Sam Adam Jr., has always been an outspoken advocate for Blagojevich. He joined us to talk about how the former governor will handle the sentence and whether it’s fair.
Adam Jr. said the sentence was harsh and unexpected. Blagojevich was a man that never took a dime and didn’t do anything violent, Adam Jr. said, and he was given more than a man just sentenced for killing someone while driving under the influence.
Adam Jr. still believes Blagojevich is innocent, saying audio tapes were excluded from court that recorded Blagojevich asking his lawyers if what he was doing was okay, and they said it was.
Blagojevich is very close with Adam Jr.’s father, Sam Adam Sr., who Blagojevich calls “Dad.” Adam Jr. said his father has spoken with Blagojevich, and they will be filing an appeal to the sentence and the conviction.
As for Blagojevich, Adam Jr. believes he’ll adjust to prison, even though it’s an emotional and difficult situation. He’s a resilient man, and he’ll adjust because he has to, Adam Jr. said. He expects Blagojevich will be one of the most popular prisoners wherever he ends up.
“You cannot meet Rod for five minutes, actually talking to him, you cannot meet Rod and not like him,” Sam Adam Jr. said.