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:
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.