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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.


5 Comments to “Appeals court hears arguments for Blagojevich retrial”

    Tom said:
    December 13, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    …Next time on a new episode of "Illinois Justice…"

    Dick Beninya said:
    December 14, 2013 at 6:47 AM

    If you have confidence in the court system….you accept their decision rather than appeal every step of the way. The truth is they don’t think the justice system applies to THEM….they should double the sentence

    Brian said:
    December 14, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Blago is a Media Wh@re, he'll use all his appeals just to keep his name/face in the media.

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