Blagojevich lawyers seek retrial, sentence reduction in appeal

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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.


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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