Rod Blagojevich's remarks to U.S. District Judge James Zagel:
On accepting responsibility
I'm here convicted of crimes. The jury decided I was guilty. I am accepting of it. I acknowledge it and I, of course, am unbelievably sorry for it. I want to apologize to the people of Illinois, to the court, for the mistakes I have made.
I never set out to break the law. I never set out to cross lines.
My life is ruined … I have nobody to blame but myself for my stupidity and actions. … I'm not blaming anybody. I have accepted responsibility for it.
On his belief that his actions were lawful
I thought they were permissible. I was...