Judges to hear arguments in Blagojevich appeal

By By MICHAEL TARM

CHICAGO (AP) — Imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich gets what's likely his last chance to win his freedom as his appeal goes before a three-judge panel in Chicago for oral arguments.

A Blagojevich lawyer steps before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday to ask that it toss his corruption convictions.

His defense team at least wants Blagojevich's 14-year prison term reduced. It's one of the longest sentences ever imposed for political corruption in Illinois.

FBI agents arrested the then-governor five years ago this week. A jury convicted him of wide-ranging charges in 2011, including trying to profit from his power to name someone to President Barack Obama's old U.S. Senate seat.

The 56-year-old won't be at Friday's hearing in Chicago. The disgraced Democrat remains at a Colorado prison.

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