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Blagojevich Attorneys Ask Appeals Court to Hold Decision

Writing for Blagojevich, attorney Leonard Goodman said in a two-page motion Friday that he plans to take the case to the United States Supreme Court within the next 90 days

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    FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2011 file photo, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, left, speaks to reporters as his wife, Patti, listens at the federal building in Chicago after being sentenced to 14 years on 18 corruption counts, including trying to auction off President Barack Obama's old Senate seat. Blagojevich says he would like to maintain his dignity through the difficult process of leaving his family to report to prison. But as with every other step in the long saga of his corruption scandal, there will be much interest in his final journey from his Chicago home to his expected prison in Colorado. He is scheduled to report on March 15, 2012. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

    Attorneys for imprisoned former governor Rod Blagojevich have asked the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals to place on hold the court’s own decision, rejecting the majority of Blagojevich’s appeal and sending the case back to the district court for resentencing.

    Writing for Blagojevich, attorney Leonard Goodman said in a two-page motion Friday that he plans to take the case to the United States Supreme Court within the next 90 days.

    The appellate court vacated Blagojevich’s conviction on five counts and remanded the case to the trial judge for retrial or, if the government elects to drop the charges, resentencing.

    They found that Blagojevich was not entitled to be released pending those proceedings. In the motion, Goodman asked for what is known as a “stay of the mandate" until the Supreme Court can consider the former governor’s case.

    “This petition will be filed,” he said, “Because there is a genuine disagreement as to whether this Court’s decision conflicts with the Supreme Court’s decision in Mccormick vs. United States.”

    McCormick is considered a landmark case, regarding extortion and the question of quid pro quo’s in politics.

    Blagojevich is serving a 14-year sentence in Englewood, Colorado.

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