Blagojevich reaching out to full court of appeals

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Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his wife, Patti, after the former governor was sentenced to 14 years in prison. (Nancy Stone, Chicago Tribune / December 7, 2011)

(CHICAGO) – Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s lawyers want his case to go before the full court of appeals to rule on his case.
A three judge panel of that court threw out five counts of his conviction last week.
His 14 year sentence was also vacated.
Federal court Judge James Zagel, who sentenced Blagojevich to 14 years in prison, would get to sentence him again.

But now the defense team is petitioning to have the full 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to decide the 13 counts that remain.

That could mean Blagojevich  will get a new sentencing hearing after spending more than three years in prison.

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3 comments

  • Edwin Ayala

    What about all the other inmates and their appeals? Are their appeals being heard and expedited like Rod? Do their children matter? What about real justice; is anyone interested? Or are we still playing poor Rod and Patti the real victims story again? You know the only clemency Rod signed while in office was for Tony Rezko his biggest campaign contributor who later was convicted and sentenced. And of course Rod’s lawyers want to continue the fight; just think of all the taxpayer free money they are wasting; not like the criminal Rod cares? And I feel so bad for Patti having to live in that million dollar mansion in Ravenswood with no one to support her but her poor millionaire father Mel. Poor, poor Patti; maybe she can pawn one of Rod’s 10k suits. This Patti is of course not the same Patti who advise Rod to screw the Cubs. For the last 20 years I have struggle to support my children; where was Rod to sign my Clemency so I be able to compete in the job market? He was too busy extorting money from children’s hospitals. Rod and Patti by nature are a perfect example of narcissists; who had a chance to makes things better; but chose to benefit themselves and family over their Constituents. Rod is in jail because of Rod’s decisions not because of the reporters who broke the story, FBI who investigated him, or Honorable Judge Zagel who sentenced him. Rod sentence should be the standard not the exception; the government message is clear. Do the crime; do the time! Just like everyone else. And if Rods children want to blame someone for not having their father for graduation? Well unfortunately that’s Rod’s fault for choosing his career and personal financial gain over his children. God bless Law Enforcement for stopping Rod’s crime spree, and the judge for sentencing him fairly and impartially.