Earlier this year the court was giving the sentence in the Rod Blagojevich case. It was one of the most intense and serious corruption cases of the recent years as prosecutors urged for the maximum sentence. Yesterday, Rod Blagojevich gave his last speech before having to present himself at the prison.
Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich appeared yesterday in front of supports outside of his home in Chicago. Convicted for 14 years in prison over two trials and 18 criminal charges, Rod Blagojevich is set to start his time in jail March 15.
Rod Blagojevich will be Illinois’ second governor to go to prison over corruption charges. The 55 year old politician was originally a sort of golden boy in politics with cameras and supporters following him all around. Yesterday he got to enjoy a last media shower as he talked about going to prison as “the beginning of another part of a long and hard journey that will only get worse before it gets better”.
The politician began his speech accompanied by his wife Patti and kids. “Tomorrow, saying goodbye to Patti and my kids will be the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. I’ve been putting off the thought about what that’s going to be like. I can’t even think about it now” he said in front of reporters and supporters. He talked in complimentary terms about how his wife Patti was so supportive of him, from the time she took her vow, but neither of them imagined it would come to this.
He used his last public speech to reinforce his opinion that everything he hid as governor was legal. Blagojevich’s speech also mentioned: “While my faith in things has sometimes been challenged, I still believe this is America, this is a country that is governed by the rule of law, that the truth will ultimately prevail”.
What’s puzzling everybody is that despite the corruption charges, Rod Blagojevich is still popular among voters. There has been a crowd a supporters following him during the trial and without a doubt will join him until the prison’s gates. But, in the end that’s politicians for you. Enough charisma to have people throw their support even when you’re going to jail.