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Fri September 14, 2012
Blagojevich Attorneys Looking Forward to Appeal
Attorneys for former Governor Rod Blagojevich still proclaim his innocence and are anxious for his appeal.
Trial attorneys Sam Adam Jr. and Sam Adam Sr. were in Springfield this week, representing a client in another murder case. But their high profile client from a couple of years ago is still foremost in their minds. Sam Adam Jr. told reporters Blagojevich's appeal has been a slow process. He says they are still waiting to get the appeal. Adam says the appellate record has not been made yet even though it has been two years since the first trial and a year since the second. Adam Jr. and Sr. both believe the governor will, at the minimum, have a reverse non-sentencing. They and attorneys in the second trial repeatedly called to have all the FBI wiretap recordings played, but they never were.
Blagojevich was sentenced in December 2011 to 14-years in federal prison on 18 corruption-related counts including charges he tried to sell or trade the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama. The former democratic governor reported to prison on March 15 of this year. Blagojevich in December received a 14-year sentence. He was sentenced on 18 corruption-related counts, including charges that he tried to sell or trade the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama.