A federal judge tells ex-governor Rod Blagojevich that he must serve his full prison sentence, denying any reduction in sentence after an appellate court dismissed a handful of charges against him Tuesday. Appearing from a Colorado prison via video, the disgraced ex-governor looked visibly thinner with ghostly white hair. His two daughters, now 20 and 13 spoke, saying how much they missed him while Blagojevich teared up over the video feed.
When allowed to speak, Blagojevich gave a lengthy, apologetic speech about redemption that referenced Abraham Lincoln and the Bible. Blagojevich's defense attorney told the judge the ex-governor is a different man, but prosecutors reminded Judge James Zagel that all of the factors that led to the 168 month sentence are still here today.
Zagel agreed. He reinstated the full 168 month sentence, saying Blagojevich still hasn't shown signs of reform. He told the packed courtroom that the fabric of Illinois was torn and that trust was diminished because of the governor's willful actions. His wife, Patti Blagojevich spoke after the ruling.