UPDATE: Blagojevich Meets Deadline to Appeal Convictions

By: AP
By: AP

UPDATE (AP): Lawyers for imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich have appealed his corruption convictions and 14-year sentence.

Monday's filing with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago comes more than two years after the Chicago Democrat's retrial and 16 months after he entered a Colorado prison.

Jurors convicted the 56-year-old for wide-ranging corruption, including his bid to profit from his power to appoint someone to the U.S. Senate seat Barack Obama vacated to become president.

His lawyers filed the appeal less than an hour before a midnight deadline to do so.

In June, defense attorneys citing the complicated issues involved received permission to file a longer-than-usual appeal.


CHICAGO (AP) -- Rod Blagojevich's lawyers are working to meet a deadline to file what could be a 100-page appeal calling for the ex-governor's corruption convictions to be tossed or for his 14-year sentence to be reduced.

Monday's the deadline to file, but lawyers can ask for extensions. The appeal would come 16 months after the 56-year-old entered a Colorado prison.

Blagojevich attorney Lauren Kaeseberg says the appeal will be filed in Chicago's 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. She declined to comment on its content.

There were multiple motions after Blagojevich's trials. Those arguments are typically rolled into appeals. One was that the judge barred key wiretap evidence.

The case generated huge volumes of documents and Blagojevich's attorneys have been granted permission to submit a longer-than-usual appeal of some 100 pages.


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