WBEZ | sentence http://www.wbez.org/tags/sentence Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Blagojevich gets new date to report to prison http://www.wbez.org/story/blagojevich-gets-new-date-report-prison-94863 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-08/AP Photo.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has a new date to report to prison.</p><p>Blagojevich will have to report to prison by March 15th, instead of mid-February. His defense attorneys said in court Tuesday that the date is based on when the family can sell their home on Chicago's North Side.</p><p>"The Blagojevich's are hoping to sell the family home. They've lowered the price and Mr. Blagojevich wanted to assist the family in moving into the new house," said Sheldon Sorosky, Blagojevich's defense attorney.</p><p>Federal Judge James Zagel sentenced Blagojevich to 14 years in federal prison last week. The judge had told Blagojevich he would have to begin serving his time behind bars in February.</p><p>Blagojevich's attorneys also requested that the former governor serve his time at a low-security prison in Colorado. Judge Zagel said he would recommend that Blagojevich be sent to Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Englewood in Littleton, Colorado, 15 miles southwest of Denver.&nbsp;</p><p>Sorosky said he wasn't sure why Blagojevich chose that facility, but he says the family is not planning a move to Colorado.</p><p>It'll be up to the Federal Bureau of Prisons to decide where Blagojevich will serve his sentence.</p><p>Jurors at two trials convicted Blagojevich on 18 corruption-related charges.</p></p> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 18:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/blagojevich-gets-new-date-report-prison-94863 Testifying could mean more prison time for Blagojevich http://www.wbez.org/story/testifying-could-mean-more-prison-time-blagojevich-86885 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-22/P1000874.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Attorneys are preparing to put on a defense later this week for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.&nbsp; One of the big questions surrounding their defense is whether they'll put the former governor on the stand. But if Blagojevich takes the stand and fails to convince jurors that he's innocent, there's a chance his testimony could earn him more time in prison.<br> <br> Former federal prosecutor Jeffrey Cramer explains says that's because if he's convicted his testimony could be considered perjury. "You have the right to remain silent. You don't have to put on a case.&nbsp; You don't have to do anything. But if you take the stand and you commit perjury, which one could say the jury found if they convicted you, then that is considered obstruction of justice, it's an enhancement to the sentencing in the federal guidelines," Cramer said.<br> <br> Cramer says that could add a year or more to a sentence. He estimates that because of Blagojevich's first trial, the governor is already facing a year or two in prison on his conviction of lying to the FBI. He estimates that if Blagojevich is convicted on a few of the 20 counts in this retrial, he could be facing between seven and 10 years in prison.<br> <br> <em>Music Button: You're So Desirable (Sunday People) from the CD Billie Holiday Remixed and Remastered, (Sony Legacy) </em></p></p> Mon, 23 May 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/testifying-could-mean-more-prison-time-blagojevich-86885 Burge gets good news as he heads into sentencing http://www.wbez.org/story/area-2/burge-gets-good-news-he-heads-sentencing <p><p>Former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge is scheduled to be in court Thursday for sentencing, and a ruling Wednesday gives him reason to be hopeful.&nbsp; He was convicted of obstruction of justice and perjury and pre-sentencing report by a probation officer recommends sentencing considerations for those crimes start at about a year and a half and Judge Joan Lefkow agrees.</p><p>Prosecutors argued that the starting point for sentencing considerations should be closer to 30 years because of what Burge was lying about.&nbsp; They say Burge was involved in and knew about police officers who tortured confessions out of suspects in the 1970s and 1980s.&nbsp; But in a ruling Wednesday, Judge Joan Lefkow sided with Burge's defense attorneys that the appropriate place to start is the 15 to 21 month range.<br /><br />Defense attorneys will argue that Burge was a good policeman who worked hard and should therefore be given a sentence on the low end, or even below the range.&nbsp; Prosecutors will list off aggravating factors and request a longer prison term.&nbsp; The hearing is expected to go two days, so Burge probably won't be sentenced until some time Friday.<br /><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 20 Jan 2011 01:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/area-2/burge-gets-good-news-he-heads-sentencing