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Blagojevich Asks For More Time To Appeal To Supreme Court

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich speaking to reporters in 2012

In this March 14, 2012 file photo, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich speaks to the media outside his home in Chicago as his wife, Patti, wipes away tears a day before he was to report to a prison in Littleton, Colo. On Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago posted a notice indicating there would be no rehearing for the imprisoned Democrat on his corruption convictions. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

Rod Blagojevich's attorneys want an appellate court to give them 90 days to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the imprisoned former governor's appeal of his corruption convictions.

A Friday filing with Chicago's 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals asks it to stay pending orders so lawyers can make the request with the nation's highest court.

The 58-year-old Democrat is serving a 14-year prison term, including for trying to sell an appointment to President Barack Obama's old Senate seat.

A three-judge panel tossed five of his 18 convictions in July. The 7th Circuit refused Blagojevich's request this week for a full-court rehearing.