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Attorneys Think Blagojevich’s Sentence Will Be Reversed On Appeal

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Deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich gives his final speech before going to prison. (Credit: CBS)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Attorneys in the first trial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich still keep in touch with him, and think his sentence will be reversed on appeal if the case ever gets there.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Alex Degman reports, the team of Sam Adam Jr. and his father, Sam Adam Sr., say the Blagojevich appeal is taking forever to get to court.

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“We’re just waiting to get to the appeal,” Adam Jr. said. “I don’t know if you guys know this, that the appellate record has not been made yet. We still do not have the transcripts. It’s been two years since our trial, and a year since the second trial.”

Adam Sr. says there is a good chance the former governor will be freed if all the evidence is presented.

“The judge would not let him play his tapes… there had tapes in both trials that would have established his innocence. The judge wouldn’t let us play them,” he said.

The Adams were in downstate Sangamon County this week, defending a Springfield man in an attempted murder trial.

They say except for this week, they speak with Blagojevich regularly.

Blagojevich’s first trial, with the Adams as his attorneys, ended in a hung jury in 2010. At his second trial the following year, he was convicted of 18 counts of corruption, including allegations that he tried to sell President Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat.

He began a 14-year prison sentence on March 15.