Blagojevich Files Appeal, Says Judge Favored Prosecutors

CHICAGO (CBS) — In a move that was fully expected, deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich is filing an appeal to overturn his conviction on corruption charges.

In a 158-page motion filed late Monday, Blagojevich claimed his trial was fundamentally unfair. He claimed U.S. District Judge James B. Zagel ruled too often in prosecutors’ favor, and he asked for a new trial.

Attorneys claim the Blagojevich was deprived the “presumption of innocence.”

Blagojevich’s attorneys have also asked permission to speak with jurors. Defense attorneys often interview jurors in a search for fodder that could bolster their case in an appeal.

Blagojevich was convicted last month of 17 of the 20 counts against him at his retrial last month.

The counts for which Blagojevich was convicted included trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat that was vacated by President Barack Obama in 2008. It was his second trial, after the first ended in a hung jury on all but one count.

Earlier this month, Blagojevich filed a motion asking to preserve the questionnaires that potential jurors filled out at the start of jury selection in April, in what is likely a move toward filing an appeal.

Blagojevich’s sentencing date has not been set, but most legal analysts say Zagel will probably sentence him to about 10 years.

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  • Pothead

    I don’t care for ol Blago but, he’s right. The judge on the bench clearly favored the prosecution. It was funny though watching

    • Kenny

      I don’t agree, Blago’s lawyer acted as squirrely as his client. The judge did a good job of not allowing his foolishness. How many trials does this idiot think he deserves?

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  • UknowwatImean

    What is Patti going to do; I mean who is she going to do? I mean ten years is a long time to wait? I am sure Rod has some friends who will take care of her. Hey if she needs money? Maybe she can do a porn; I sure that be ok with Rod…

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  • UknowWatImean

    Rod Blagojevich is changing his name to Rod Blag-these-nuts, and Patti Blagojevich to Patti Blago-I-Swallow-Now

  • StupidNaomi

    Just incase any of Rod’s victims would like to write, fax, or call Honorable Judge Zagel to assure you are heard and make sure Rod is given the maximun sentence.

    United States District Court

    Nothern District of Illinois

    Courtroom 2503 | Chambers 2588
    Telephone Number: (312) 435-5713
    Fax Number: (312) 554-8521

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