Full Court Won’t Rehear Blagojevich Appeal
A full appellate court in Chicago will not rehear the appeal of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's corruption convictions. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals posted a notice Wednesday indicating there would be no rehearing for the imprisoned Democrat.
Blagojevich had hoped the full court might overturn more of his 18 convictions than the five counts a three-judge panel tossed in July.
Blagojevich's only remaining option for more counts to be overturned is an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The 58-year-old is serving a 14-year prison sentence in a Colorado prison for multiple corruption convictions. They included his attempt to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama's old U.S. Senate seat.
UPDATE: Blagojevich's lawyer says he'll appeal the imprisoned ex-governor's corruption convictions to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Democrat's attorney, Leonard Goodman, said in a statement
Wednesday that he's disappointed the full appeals court declined to rehear the case.