Appeals court hears arguments for Blagojevich retrial
FULL AUDIO: Oral Arguments – USA v. Rod Blagojevich
Lawyers for former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich returned to a federal courtroom Friday to appeal his corruption convictions.
Attorney Leonard Goodman asked the three-judge panel to overturn his convictions and grant him a new trial.
Rod Blagojevich is serving a 14-year sentence for trying to sell President Obama’s old senate seat and other offenses.
The defense claims restricted wiretapped conversations will show Blagojevich did not intend to profit personally from his official actions.
The judges peppered both defense lawyers and prosecutors with question during the appeal.
Blagojevich’s wife, Patti, attended the hearing. She said her family has confidence in the court and is putting its trust and faith in God.
The court is not expected to release its decisions for weeks.