Blagojevich Will Seek Full Appellate Hearing

Jul 31, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) _ The defense attorney for Rod Blagojevich says he will ask a full appellate court in Chicago to rehear the imprisoned former governor's appeal after a panel of three judges recently tossed five of 18 corruption convictions.        

The Illinois Democrat's appellate lawyer, Leonard Goodman, tells the Chicago Tribune he will file the request with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals before a Tuesday deadline.         

The three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit threw out convictions linked to Blagojevich's attempt to land a post in President Barack Obama's Cabinet for appointing an Obama adviser to the president's old U.S. Senate seat.        

It also ordered the trial judge to resentence the 58-year-old, factoring in the overturned counts. The unanimous ruling let 13 counts stand.

Requests for full-court hearings aren't granted automatically.