Blagojevich Lawyers, Again, Appeal for Shorter Sentence

CHICAGO (AP/KMOX) — An appeals court is considering whether Illinois’ imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich should get a third sentencing hearing.

Blagojevich’s attorneys say his good behavior since entering prison in 2012 justifies a reduced sentence.

Prosecutors responded that Blagojevich deserves his 14-year sentence, especially because he has never admitted he committed serious crimes.

It’s been more than five years since a lower court sentenced Blagojevich to 14 years on 18 corruption convictions, including trying to trade an appointment to former President Barack Obama’s old Senate seat for campaign cash.

He was sentenced again in August after the 7th Circuit tossed five convictions, but he received the same 14-year term.

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