Patti Blagojevich, center, holds hand with her daughter Amy, while former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, right, shakes hands with members of the the crowd as they arrive at the Federal Court building for closing arguments in his federal corruption trial Tuesday, July 27, 2010 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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For the first time since her father was arrested in December 2008, his elder daughter, Amy Blagojevich, spoke up. Though she and her 8-year-old sister were not in court, she wrote a letter to the judge that her father’s attorney, Aaron Goldstein, read from. Goldstein introduced the letter by noting:
“For Mr. Blagojevich’s two daughters — a day away let alone a year is an eternity. A day away from their father is a lifetime.”
“For the past three years, my world has been spinning out of control. But what has made it [bearable] has been that my father is home almost all of the time,” the 15-year-old wrote.
“He’s been here to teach me life lessons.
“I will not be able to handle my father not being around. It’s too drastic a change. I need him here. I need him here for my high school graduation. I need him here if I do not get into college. I’ve wanted to go to Northwestern since I was in the 6th grade.
“I’ll need him when my heart gets broken,” she continued. “I’ll need him here for my dog Skittles.
“I need my father in my life.”