CHICAGO (AP) — A probation report says ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich may be a “ripe candidate” for a drug treatment program in prison.
That’s according to defense attorney Sheldon Sorosky, who says he doesn’t know what Blagojevich said to a probation officer to lead to that conclusion.
Judge James Zagel has agreed to recommend Blagojevich for a drug treatment program when he starts his 14-year prison sentence for corruption in March.
Sorosky tells the Chicago Sun-Times that there’s documentation Blagojevich has a history of drug abuse, but he didn’t elaborate.
No one has revealed why Blagojevich would be eligible for the drug program.
The request could be a move to cut time off his sentence. Prisoners in the program are eligible for up to a year in reduced time.
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