Court to Hear Arguments on Blagojevich Appeal

By: AP
By: AP

CHICAGO (AP) -- 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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