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Full Court Won't Rehear Blagojevich Appeal

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    Imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich requested a full federal appellate court rehear his appeal Tuesday. NBC Chicago's Trina Orlando has more. (Published Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015)

    A full appellate court in Chicago will not rehear the appeal of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's corruption convictions.

    The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals posted a notice Wednesday indicating there would be no rehearing for the imprisoned Democrat.

    Blagojevich had hoped the full court might overturn more of his 18 convictions than the five counts a three-judge panel tossed in July.

    Blagojevich's only remaining option for more counts to be overturned is an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, which his wife and lawyer said they would pursue.

    The 58-year-old is serving a 14-year prison sentence in a Colorado prison for multiple corruption convictions. They included his attempt to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama's old U.S. Senate seat.