Court to Hear Arguments on Blagojevich Appeal

Sides will deliver arguments before a three-judge panel on Dec. 13

Saturday, Nov 16, 2013  |  Updated 5:25 AM CDT
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Court to Hear Arguments on Blagojevich Appeal

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Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich pauses while speaking to the media at the Dirksen Federal Building December 7, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison after he was found guilty of 17 public corruption charges.

An appeals court says it will hear arguments next month on granting a new trial to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

 
A Friday posting by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says the sides will deliver arguments before a three-judge panel on Dec. 13. Each will have 30 minutes.
 
Lawyers for the 56-year-old imprisoned Democrat filed a 100-page appeal in July, arguing that trial Judge James Zagel committed a litany of errors. The government filed a 169-page, point-by-point response earlier this week.
 
Jurors convicted Blagojevich of wide-ranging corruption in 2011, including for trying to profit from his power to name someone to the U.S. Senate seat that Barack Obama vacated to become president. Blagojevich is serving a 14-year prison term in Colorado.
 
The court should rule within several months.

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