Blago's appeal rejected by court

CHICAGO -- Only three days after hearing former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s latest request for a reduced sentence or a new trial, a federal appeals court has upheld his 14-year prison term.

Tuesday, Blagojevich’s defense team appeared before a panel of judges on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, asking them to release the disgraced governor early, or at least grant him a third trial.

Attorney Len Goodman said circumstances have changed since Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison in 2011.

“There is [sic] new facts, there is new law from the Supreme Court that I think warrants the court to take another look at this case, and certainly the sentence,” he said Tuesday.

In an unusually swift decision, the judges turned away Blagojevich’s appeal Friday.


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