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Final brief filed to appeal Rod Blagojevich’s conviction

Lawyers for former governor Rod Blagojevich have made their last filings in hopes to get him a new trial.

Blagojevich is serving 14 years in prison for shakedowns, including trying to sell a Senate seat.

The new filing claims it was political horse-trading and that Judge James Zagel was biased.

Legal experts say Blagojevich might win a reduced prison term.

It’s the second-longest sentence ever given for corruption in Illinois.

A three-judge panel will hear the appeal on December 13.

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