Blagojevich isn’t ‘deserving of leniency,’ prosecutors say

Blagojevich lawyers hope for new trial

CHICAGO — Federal prosecutors say statements by imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich prove he isn’t “deserving of leniency.”

A resentencing hearing is scheduled next month for Blagojevich, who is hoping a federal judge will give him a five-year sentence instead of his original 14 years. Blagojevich has been in a Colorado federal prison since 2012 after jurors convicted him of 18 corruption counts, including attempting to sell the vacant U.S. Senate seat once occupied by President Barack Obama.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that prosecutors argue in a Monday court filing that Blagojevich has shown a “complete lack of acceptance of responsibility.”

Blagojevich’s lawyers said in their own late Monday court filing that they think prosecutors will change their minds after reading letters of support from Blagojevich’s fellow inmates.