11/12/2012 01:43 pm ET Updated Nov 12, 2012

Blagojevich Prison Job: New Duty Assigned To Jailed Former Illinois Governor

First he was hitting the weights, but now jailed ex-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is hitting the books.

Blagojevich will go from washer to "shusher" as he leaves his kitchen dishwashing duty to work in the library of the federal prison in suburban Denver where he's serving out a 14-year sentence on corruption charges.

Prior to his new lit-minded gig, Blagojevich was reportedly "totally bored" washing pots and pans in the Englewood, Colo. prison.

Sam Adam Jr., one of Blagojevich's former defense lawyers, told the Sun-Times the convicted ex-governor had been staving off boredom by reading books about former presidents.

Adam's father reportedly sends Blagojevich "two or three books a month." As of early November, Blagojevich is up to the eighteenth president, Ulysses S. Grant.

HuffPost previously reported Blagojevich was told he would be teaching either Shakespeare or ancient Greek philosophy and mythology after his 90-day kitchen duty ended. The ex-governor is known for citing poems by Lord Alfred Tennyson and Rudyard Kipling.

Although the father-son defense team no longer represents Blagojevich since he ran out of money for his defense, the two keep in touch with him on a weekly basis.

Though it's been delayed for months, Adam Jr. told ABC Chicago that Blagojevich is confident an appeal will eventually come through.



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