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Feds Move Against Blago Retrial

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    Federal prosecutors say Rod Blagojevich deserves his punishment and should keep his appointment with the destiny he created.

    In a 133-page filing, the lawyers for the government say that in asking for a new trial, Blagojevich “disregards what the evidence at trial established and what the jury concluded—that [the] defendant knowingly engaged in a scheme to abuse his power as Governor, in exchange for personal financial gain.”

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    Blagojevich speaks with reporters as he arrives at his Ravenswood home after leaving the courthouse. (Published Monday, Jun 27, 2011)

    “In reality, there was no bias, manipulation, or unfairness on the part of the prosecution, judge, or jury.  Defendant was fairly convicted by a jury of his peers, based on overwhelming evidence.”

    Blagojevich was convicted on 17 of 20 corruption counts in his second trial, which ended in June. He is slated to be sentenced Oct. 6. 
     

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    The morning after his guilty verdict, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich takes his daughter to school and briefly talks to reporters about persevering. (Published Tuesday, Jun 28, 2011)