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Blagojevich lawyers seek retrial, sentence reduction in appeal

Lawyers for convicted former Governor Rod Blagojevich filed a long-awaited appeal of his conviction late Monday night, an hour before a midnight deadline set by the appellate court.

The 91-page appeal claims Judge James Zagel made rulings on evidence that favored the prosecution during the trial.

PDF: READ THE BLAGOJEVICH APPEAL

BlagojevichIt also says Zagel’s instructions to the jury improperly explained how bribery and fraud laws relate to political dealings.

Blagojevich was sentenced to 14-years.

Federal prosecutors have until August 14 to file a response.

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2 Comments to “Blagojevich lawyers seek retrial, sentence reduction in appeal”

    ChicagoDave said:
    July 20, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    There is no language in the appeal that accuses Judge Zagel of being a "rubber stamp" for the prosecution. This is poor reporting by WGN to quote those words ("rubber stamp") when they were not used in the actual appeal itself.

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