CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys for Rod Blagojevich have formally begun the process of appealing the former Illinois governor’s conviction and prison sentence.

They did so in a court filing late yesterday, notifying the U.S. District Court in Chicago that they intended to appeal to a higher court.

Blagojevich has been ordered to report to prison on March 15. The 55-year-old was convicted earlier this year of corruption charges that included allegations that he tried to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat for campaign cash or a top job.

Attorneys had said they planned to appeal.

However, the process of filing a full appeal is likely to drag on for several weeks or even months. After notification, transcripts and other documents are typically transferred to the higher court.

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  1. Juan says:

    As a former coach of young eplpoe, the behavior, graciousness and humbleness of these two men have taught student athletes far more than any perfect game could have. There are winners and losers, these two men are the winners that no perfect game could equal. We can never a achieve a perfect game, regardless of the sport, but we can give our best and walk from the field with our head held high if we exhibit sportmanship, grace and dignity regardless of the scoreboard. To be brave int he attempt (to borrow from Special Olympics)should be the motto of any athlete when they take the field.

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