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Blago Attorneys Take First Step to Appeal

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    One week after he was convicted on federal corruption charges, attorneys for Rod Blagojevich have taken their first step toward the former governor’s appeal. 

    The Blagojevich legal team filed a motion Tuesday with Judge James Zagel, asking that the completed juror questionnaires be preserved. In doing so, they ask not only for the questionnaires filled out by the final jury panel, but also by all prospective jurors in the case.

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    Blagojevich was convicted on 17 of 20 counts in his second trial, and a single count of lying to the FBI in the first proceeding last year. 

    While a sentencing date has not been set, his attorneys are scheduled to be back in court Aug. 1.