Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich won't be singing Sweet Home Chicago for the moment. Judge James Zagel decided Blagojevich won't be appearing in court in Chicago for his August 9th resentencing but instead will be appearing by way of video link from federal prison in Colorado.
Blagojevich lawyers are seeking to reduce his prison term to five years after some of his corruption convictions were tossed but prosecutors want Blagojevich to serve his previous fourteen year term.
Blagojevich attorney Leonard Goodman is confident the former Governor will want to speak during the resentencing. Goodman says he is considering calling relatives to testify and the Bureau of Prisons expressed concerns about allowing Blagojevich to appear in person.
He says he was told it would have been a two week process to move Blagojevich from federal custody in Colorado to a Chicago courtroom.