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Prosecutors Request More Time To Respond To Blagojevich Appeal

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On one-year anniversary of Rod Blagojevich's incarceration, both his wife and an attorney give details on the former governor's life behind bars. Phil Rogers reports.

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Blagojevich's Lunchtime Interview

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich sits down with NBC Chicago's Phil Rogers for an impromptu interview at a fast food restaurant near the prison he'll call home for the next 14 years.

Rod Blagojevich's Final Statement

At times emotional and at times optimistic, disgraced former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich addressed the Illinois citizens who twice elected him as their governor. He spoke of gratitude and the "dark" reality of a 14 year prison sentence ahead of him.
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UPDATE: Prosecutors Urge Appeals Court to Reject Blagojevich Motion for New Trial

Federal prosecutors in Chicago have asked for more time to file their response to former governor Rod Blagojevich's appeal of his conviction and 14 year sentence.

In a motion filed with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra Riggs Bonamici asked for a 22-day extension, to Nov. 12. The government has been granted two previous extensions, and their response was to have been due Oct. 21.

In making the motion, Bonamici notes the extensive record in the case, (more than 10,000 pages of transcripts and exhibits). She also reminds the court that Blagojevich and his lawyers were granted four extensions to file their brief, which ran to nearly 25,000 words, and was filed July 15. 

"This motion is not brought for the purpose of delay," she advised the court, "but rather so that I may thoroughly review the record and properly respond to the issues raised on appeal."

Blagojevich is serving a 14-year sentence at the Federal Prison in Englewood, Colorado.

This report was originally published Oct. 11, 2013.

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