Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich talks as his wife, Patti, fights back tears the evening before reporting to prison in Colorado last month. FILE PHOTO. I Scott Stewart~Sun-Times
Updated: May 4, 2012 8:14AM
Fourteen years in prison for Rod Blagojevich.
Ten days in prison for his former chief of staff.
Same corruption case. Same judge.
“How do you explain that to your children?” Patti Blagojevich asked on her Facebook page.
In a recent Facebook posting, Illinois’ former first lady says she “can’t help but wonder what planet we are on” where one person gets ten days and another 5,110 days.
U.S. District Judge James Zagel last week sentenced former Blagojevich chief of staff John Harris on one count of conspiracy to commit bribery for helping Blagojevich try to sell President Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat.
Zagel cited Harris’ decision to cooperate with prosecutors, including testifying at Blagojevich’s two trials. In addition brief prison term, Zagel sentenced Harris to two years of supervised release and a $1,000 fine.
Blagojevich faced more numerous allegations, and jurors eventually convicted him of 18 counts.
— Associated Press