Attorneys: Blagojevich washing dishes in prison

AP News
Posted: Apr 23, 2012 6:42 PM
Attorneys: Blagojevich washing dishes in prison

Two of Rod Blagojevich's former attorneys visited the former Illinois governor and say he is washing pots and pans as he begins his term at a Colorado federal prison.

Attorneys Sam Adam Sr. and Sam Adam Jr. visited their former client for 90 minutes on Sunday in Littleton, Colo., WFLD-TV in Chicago reports (

The attorneys said Blagojevich has three cellmates and gets along with all of them.

"The guy that he is bunking with, he likes very, very much," Sam Adam Jr. said. "They've bonded."

New inmates are assigned to kitchen duty for 90 days and Blagojevich has been washing dishes six days a week, the attorneys said.

Blagojevich has been told that when the 90-day period ends he will be teaching either Shakespeare or ancient Greek philosophy and mythology, they said. The ex-governor is known for citing poems by Lord Alfred Tennyson and Rudyard Kipling.

"He is so affable, you forget how educated and well-read he is," Sam Adam Sr. said. "He knows a great deal about Shakespeare."

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Blagojevich told the attorneys that the hardest thing is missing his wife and two daughters, they said. Blagojevich told them his family visited and he was upset that the rules only allowed his younger daughter to sit on his lap and his teenage daughter to give him a hug.

Blagojevich reported to prison March 15 to begin serving a 14-year sentence on corruption charges.