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Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich Asks Supporters to Send Letters to Judge James Zagel


Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is encouraging his supporters to write letters to Judge James Zagel, in hopes the judge gives him a lighter sentence.

Blagojevich has posted a message on Facebook saying there have been many inquiries from people who want to send letters -- so he is helpfully providing an email address for attorney Aaron Goldstein, who will explain how the letters should be sent.

The judge is likely to read letters, but unlikely to read some of the posts left on Facebook:

  • "You're getting a raw deal from a bunch of lying hypocrites."
  • "If it wasn't for your Stand against Cancer program, I would not be here today."
  • "Blago, you're a crook and deserve to go to prison. I hope they throw the book at you."

Veteran defense attorney Joe Lopez warns that sometimes letters on behalf of the defendant can backfire.

The Blagojevich sentencing is on hold until the William Cellini trial is over.


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