SCOTUS reviewing Blagojevich’s appeal today

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CHICAGO -- A decision Friday could help former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich get out of prison.

The U.S. Supreme Court is meeting to decide if it's going to take up the case of the former governor.

He's currently serving a 14-year sentence in a prison in Colorado after he was convicted of corruption in 2011.

The ex- governor's "hail Mary" appeal comes after several failed bids to get his convictions overturned or his sentence reduced.

In their court filing last fall, Rod Blagojevich's lawyers argued blurry lines between lawful and unlawful fundraising leave politicians vulnerable.

A letter signed by nineteen Illinois lawmakers asks justices to review Blagojevich's case-- calling it an issue of national importance.

Blagojevich is serving a fourteen- year sentence for attempting to sell former President Barack Obama's U.S. Senate seat and trying to extort campaign cash from Children's Memorial Hospital.

He was convicted even though no money exchanged hands.

The Supreme Court has previously refused to hear Blagojevich's appeal.

Blagojevich's wife Patti and his attorney Leonard Goodman appeared on WGN Morning News Friday ahead of the Supreme Court's review.

"The whole thing would be so much easier if Rod had actually committed a crime," Patti said. "And then you could say, 'Girls, your daddy did something wrong. He crossed the line. He's gotta serve his debt to society.' But in this case, we believe, our lawyers believe, and according to the law, he didn't do anything wrong."

Rod and Patti Blagojevich have two daughters, Amy and Anne.

If this effort fails, Blagojevich's last hope may be to ask President Trump to commute his sentence.

He was a contestant on Trump's reality show "Celebrity Apprentice".

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