Prosecutors: No Need For Another Blago Trial

CHICAGO (AP) __ Prosecutors say ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich received a fair trial this year and his convictions should stand.

They made that argument in a 133-page filing Tuesday morning in U.S. District Court in Chicago.

The filing is a point-by-point retort to a 158-page defense motion last month that alleges a litany of errors at Blagojevich’s retrial and asks for another trial.

In the prosecutors’ filing, they say there was “no bias, manipulation or unfairness” by the government attorneys or the judge.

The retrial ended in June with jurors convicting Blagojevich on 17 of 20 corruption counts. Those included charges he tried to sell or trade President Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat.
Blagojevich’s first trial last year ended mostly deadlocked.  The 54-year-old Democrat is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 6.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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