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Blagojevich: Prison Teacher of Civil War History, Wife Says

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: March 15, 2013 Last Updated: March 15, 2013
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Blagojevich prison teacher: The wife of ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said he is teaching Civil War history and learning guitar while in prison.

Rod Blagojevich walks through a hoard of media toward his house before giving a news conference outside his home March 14, 2012 in Chicago. (Frank Polich/Getty Images)

Rod Blagojevich walks through a hoard of media toward his house before giving a news conference outside his home March 14, 2012 in Chicago. (Frank Polich/Getty Images)

Disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was sentenced to a federal prison in Colorado, has been spending his time behind bars teaching other inmates history, according to his wife.

Blagojevich, who was sentenced to 14 years in prison exactly one year ago on Friday, is teaching Civil War history and is learning how to play the guitar, as his lawyers work on an appeal, according to a Facebook posting from his wife, Patti Blagojevich.

“We speak with Rod every day. We have visited many times. He is surviving-trying to make the best of an untenable situation,” she wrote. “He teaches a class on the Civil War, is learning to play the guitar and runs miles and miles around the quarter-mile track that is available to him.”

The former governor, who is called Inmate 40892-424, reported to the Federal Correctional Institution-Englewood in Colorado on March 15, 2012, according to the Chicago Tribune.

She added, “But what really gets him through is our visits and the faith that in the end this tremendous injustice will be righted. That we will be a family together again soon.”

Blagojevich was convicted on 18 counts, which included charges that he attempted to sell President Barack Obama’s U.S. senate seat.

“Our attorneys are working diligently on the appeal. Unfortunately, it is very time consuming. We won’t have any answers for at least six more months. But we are very hopeful and truly believe that good things are worth waiting for,” Patti Blagojevich added.

Blagojevich lawyer Lauren Kaeseberg told the Tribune that the former governor is optimistic.

“He believes justice in the end will prevail,” Kaeseberg told the paper. “He wakes up every day in a horrible place and that’s what gets him through every day, is a belief that in the end the right thing will happen.”

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