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Blagojevich Back in Court Friday

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    James Laski, a one-time Chicago City Clerk who spent a year in a West Virginia federal prison, describes prison life and offers some advice for Illinois' convicted governor. (Published Tuesday, Dec 6, 2011)

    Rod Blagojevich could land back in court Friday, more than two weeks after a jury convicted him on 17 corruption counts.

    A motion filed Wednesday night by federal prosecutors asked that the former governor appear before Judge James Zagel to sort out an issue with securing his bond.

    What Can Blago Expect in Prison?

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    James Laski, a one-time Chicago City Clerk who spent a year in a West Virginia federal prison, describes prison life and offers some advice for Illinois' convicted governor. (Published Tuesday, Dec 6, 2011)

    Blagojevich was supposed to put up his house and a second residential property to secure his continued release, but his lawyers haven't done it yet, according to court documents.

    Prosecutors want Blagojevich to sign the paperwork with his attorneys on Friday and "be admonished by the court regarding the consequences of violations of the defendant's conditions of release," according to the motion.

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    Juror Jessica Hubinek says she believes she and her colleagues did an "excellent" job analyzing the data before reaching their decision. (Published Tuesday, Jun 28, 2011)

    The Blagojevich legal team recently took their first step toward appeal by filing a motion with 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.

    A sentencing date has not yet been set.