Patricia Blagojevich

Patti Blagojevich pleads with judge: 'Be merciful'

Patti Blagojevich pleads with judge: 'Be merciful'

Rod Blagojevich's sentencing hearing has ended for the day, with the defense emphasizing the damage a long prison sentence would have on Blagojevich’s family.

Lawyer Aaron Goldstein also read a letter read to the court from Blagojevich’s wife, Patti.
“Your honor, I ask you humbly with the life of my husband and the childhood of my daughters in your hands, be merciful,” she wrote to U.S. District Judge James Zagel.

Her husband’s worst fear was that he would not be able to see his daughters grow up, Goldstein said, prompting both Rod and Patti Blagojevich to tear up as they listened in the courtroom.

Goldstein also read messages written by Blagojevich to his...