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Blagojevich Attorney Says He'll Ask Full Court for Rehearing

The imprisoned Illinois Democrat's appellate lawyer said he will file the request with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals before a Tuesday deadline

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    Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich greets supporters outside his home after returning from his sentencing hearing December 7, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison after being found guilty of 18 charges in two trials including trying to sell President Obama?s vacated senate seat. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

    Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will ask a full appellate court in Chicago to rehear his appeal after a panel of three judges recently tossed five of his 18 corruption convictions, his defense attorney said.

    The imprisoned Illinois Democrat's appellate lawyer, Leonard Goodman, tellsthe Chicago Tribune he will file the request with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals before a Tuesday deadline.

    The three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit on July 21 threw out convictions linked to Blagojevich's attempt to land a post in President Barack Obama's Cabinet for appointing an Obama adviser to the president's former U.S. Senate seat. But the judges upheld allegations that Blagojevich sought to sell the Senate seat for campaign cash.

    The court ordered the trial judge to resentence Blagojevich, 58, factoring in the overturned counts. The unanimous ruling let 13 counts stand.

    After the ruling, Blagojevich's wife, Patti Blagojevich, said her husband was disappointed the court didn't give him a clear legal victory.

    Requests for full-court hearings aren't granted automatically.

    Blagojevich began serving his sentence at a prison near Denver on March 15, 2012, and has served more than three years. Before the appeal, his estimated release date was 2024; he would be 67.

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