Deborah Mell, left, with her sister Patti Blagojevich, center observe sentencing hearing for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse. Lawyer Aaron Goldstein 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.
Cheryl A. Cook, for the Chicago Tribune
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