Pluses, minuses for Rod Blagojevich in appellate ruling

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CHICAGO — Federal prosecutors must now decide if they will retry former governor Rod Blagojevich after a federal appeals court overturned five counts of his original conviction.

The ruling from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday is a partial victory but not exactly what he and his supporters wanted.The court ruled the Democrat did not break the law when he sought to secure a spot in President Barack Obama's Cabinet in exchange for appointing an Obama adviser to the president's old U.S. Senate seat.

Blagojevich's supporters expressed disappointment the court didn't dismiss more counts.

The court also ruled Blagojevich be resentenced, but said the original 14-year term still might not be out of line, even with five of 18 counts against him thrown out.

Defense attorney Leonard Goodman said he would urge his client to challenge the panel's finding.

The U.S. attorney's office has declined to comment on the ruling.

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