Blagojevich Appeal

December 14, 2013 by  

Blagojevich Appeal, Imprisoned former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich will on Friday get what will likely be his last chance to win his freedom as a three-judge federal panel hears oral arguments in his appeal.

A lawyer for the disgraced Illinois Democrat steps before the seventh US circuit court of appeals in Chicago to ask it to toss Blagojevich’s corruption convictions.

Short of that, Blagojevich’s defense team hopes the court will at least agree to reduce his 14-year prison term – one of the longest sentences ever imposed for political corruption in a state where four of the last seven governors have ended up in prison.

FBI agents arrested then-governor Blagojevich five years ago this week, on 9 Deecember 2008. A jury convicted him of wide-ranging charges in 2011, including for trying to profit from his power to name someone to President Barack Obama’s old US Senate seat.

The onetime contestant on NBC’s The Apprentice won’t be at Friday’s hearing in Chicago. He remains behind bars a 1,000 miles away, now into his second year inside a Colorado prison.

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