Thursday, December 15, 2011

Blago Uses A Drug Problem As An Excuse To Shorten Prison Term

I've read countless stories dissecting the character of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich trying to explain why he went on a criminal spree that led to his impeachment, removal from office and ultimately his conviction and 14-year sentence for his crimes. Nowhere until today have I read any story suggesting that Blagojevich, an avid jogger and health nut, had a drug dependency problem. Yet, the same federal judge who handed down his hefty sentence has signed off on allowing Blagojevich to be enrolled in a drug rehab program for federal prison inmates that allows them to shorten their time in the slammer. His own attorney, by the way, doesn't even know what drug he was abusing and acknowledges there is no documented history of drug abuse. From the Sun-Times:

The same federal judge who sentenced Rod Blagojevich to one of the longest corruption sentences in Illinois history has recommended a prison rehab program for the ex-governor that could help shave time off his staggering 14-year sentence.
U.S. District Judge James Zagel, referencing a report from the U.S. Probation Department, on Tuesday recommended that Blagojevich be placed in the U.S. Bureau of Prisons Residential Drug Abuse Program, said the former governor’s lawyer, Shelly Sorosky.
But Sorosky said he didn’t know what type of drug or alcohol use Blagojevich would be treated for if the 55-year-old is found qualified for the program.
Known as “RDAP,” the program aims to help inmates with substance abuse issues — including drugs or alcohol. Zagel’s recommendation is only that — it would be up to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to determine if Blagojevich qualifies.
“Probation said he may be a ripe candidate for it and Judge Zagel said [to the bureau of prisons] ‘consider him for it,’ ” Sorosky said.
A prisons spokesman told the Sun-Times last week there typically has to be a documented history of abuse for an inmate to qualify.
Sorosky said there is documentation.
It's interesting that last week the Sun-Times ran a story quoting Scott Fawell, a high-ranking member of Gov. George Ryan's administration who did time in federal prison and cooperated with the feds in putting away his former boss, advising Blagojevich to fabricate a drug problem in order to shave time off his prison sentence as he had done:

Scott Fawell, the former chief of staff of a different convicted governor, George Ryan, is offering a tip on how Rod Blagojevich can cut his lengthy 14-year sentence.
The former governor may be able to make a request with the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to take part in a substance abuse program.
Fawell said that’s what he did before going into prison.
“What you do is say that in between the time you’re sentenced and the time you report, you just couldn’t stop drinking,” Fawell said.
It shaved time off of Fawell’s 78-month sentence he received for corruption that happened while he worked for Ryan. He went through a nine-month program in prison, then got six months off in a halfway house plus one year of credit for doing the program. That’s on top of time off for good behavior.
“I didn’t want to do it at first. I said: ‘I’m going to save a little shred of dignity,’ ” he said. “But it’s the only game in town. It’s the only way you can get time off” in the federal system.
 Maybe Lincoln Plowman has a drinking problem too, eh? No wait, he doesn't drink alcohol. That won't work.

1 comment:

dag said...

this is the biggest load of crap.his lawers should be cencered by judge for wasting the courts time. he is adected to a drug but has never taken any and does not know what it is. the judge needs to bring blago back to court and tell him he keeps this up and judge will recomend a med security prison and no parole ever. . for staters judge need to sentence blago to prison immedialey for his new absurd conduct. if he wants any reduction it will come only with full co-operation by exposing all illegal activites he was in or saw happen while govenor and testify to procecutpor and jusges staisfation.