CHICAGO -- Only three days after hearing former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s latest request for a reduced 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.