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Blagojevich gets menial jobs in prison

April 24, 2012 at 9:19 AM   |   Comments

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LITTLETON, Colo., April 24 (UPI) -- Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is spending his first 90 days in prison doing menial jobs like washing pots and pans in the kitchen, an attorney said.

Sam Adam Jr. said Blagojevich hopes to land a job in the prison library teaching Shakespeare or Greek Mythology to fellow inmates, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Tuesday.

Adam Jr. and his father, Sam Adam, visited the former governor in federal prison outside Denver on Sunday. The two represented Blagojevich in his first trial that ended in a mistrial on all but one count.

Their report is the first glimpse the public has gotten of life behind bars for the former governor who was sentenced to 14 years in prison for corruption that included an attempt to sell a U.S. Senate seat.

"He is the same person there as he was here," Adam Jr. told the Chicago Tribune.

He said he found Blagojevich sporting a tan and with more muscle than when he left Chicago.

"He told a lot of jokes. He was smiling," Adam Jr. said.

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