John Harris, who was chief of staff for Rod Blagojevich when both were arrested in December 2008, was sentenced today to just 10 days in prison for assisting the then-governor’s efforts to sell a vacant U.S. Senate seat.
Harris apologized and acknowledged he failed to live up to his own standards. “I lost my way,” he told the judge.
U.S. District Judge James Zagel said Harris was too close to power to avoid prison entirely. “The offense is so serious and so crucial that I cannot impose upon you a sentence that does not involve custody,” he said.
On the flip side, if this is a trend, we'd expect to see Daley and Burke both in prison uniforms before the decade is over.