Ex.-Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been sentenced to 14 years in federal prison. As he exited the courthouse after the sentence was announced, Blagojevich stopped with his wife Patti to address the media. “If you can meet with triumph and disaster and treat those two imposters just the same,” Blagojevich quoted Rudyard Kippling.
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“For Patti and I (sic), and especially me, this is a time to be strong. This is a time to fight through adversity. This is a time for me to be strong for my children, be strong for Patti and this is also a time for Patti and me to get home so we can explain to our kids, our babies Amy and Annie what happened, what all this means and where we’re going from here. So we’re gonna keep fighting through this adversity.” Besides the prison sentence, Blagojevich will have to serve two years of probation and pay a $20,000 fine. U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald says the 14-year sentence should send a strong message to those elected officials who may be thinking of defrauding the public for their personal interest. Blagojevich’s surrender date has been set for Feb. 16, 2012, but it’s unclear where he would serve his time.