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Prosecutors: Rod Blagojevich Isn't 'Deserving of Leniency'



    Prosecutors: Rod Blagojevich Isn't 'Deserving of Leniency'
    FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2011 file photo, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, left, speaks to reporters as his wife, Patti, listens at the federal building in Chicago after being sentenced to 14 years on 18 corruption counts, including trying to auction off President Barack Obama's old Senate seat. Blagojevich says he would like to maintain his dignity through the difficult process of leaving his family to report to prison. But as with every other step in the long saga of his corruption scandal, there will be much interest in his final journey from his Chicago home to his expected prison in Colorado. He is scheduled to report on March 15, 2012. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

    Federal prosecutors say statements that imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has made prove he isn't "deserving of leniency." 

    A resentencing hearing is scheduled next month for Blagojevich, who is hoping a federal judge will give him a five-year sentence instead of his original 14 years. Blagojevich has been in a Colorado federal prison since 2012 after jurors convicted him of 18 corruption counts, including attempting to sell the vacant U.S. Senate seat once occupied by President Barack Obama. 

    The Chicago Sun-Times reports that prosecutors argue in a Monday court filing that Blagojevich has shown a "complete lack of acceptance of responsibility." 

    Blagojevich's lawyers said in their own late Monday court filing that they think prosecutors will change their minds after reading letters of support from Blagojevich's fellow inmates.