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)

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(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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