Prosecutors: Blagojevich arguments don't make sense

December 5, 2011

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Blagojevich attorney Sheldon Sorosky speaking to reporters last week.

Federal prosecutors say Rod Blagojevich's arguments for a short prison sentence don't make any sense. They took a somewhat mocking tone in their filing Monday responding to Blagojevich's arguments from last week for a short sentence.

Pointing to all the good things he's done Blagojevich argues that he was a visionary leader who is personally responsible for passing legislation to help poor people. But prosecutors said that conflicts with another of Blagojevich's arguments: that he was only a nominal leader, that he was led into criminal activity and controlled by those under him. They also point out the contradiction between Blagojevich being wholly devoted to the public good while also arguing that he sought personal benefits because he didn't know it was illegal.

Prosecutors said Blagojevich accepts no responsibility whatsoever for his actions and should therefore be given a sentence between 15 and 20 years. Attorneys in the case will make their arguments in court Tuesday. Judge James Zagel said he won't hand down a sentence until Wednesday.