Former governor files appeal on corruption charges

By WEEK Producer

July 16, 2013 Updated Jul 16, 2013 at 10:17 PM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Lawyers for former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich have appealed his conviction on corruption charges.

The 100-page brief picks apart the former governor's conviction, arguing Blagojevich did little more than engage in routine political wheeling and dealing and that the judge excluded wiretap evidence helpful to Blagojevich.

“Any time you ask somebody for a campaign contribution, according to the government, they could deem that extortion based on the way the jury was instructed in this case," said Blagojevich Attorney Leonard Goodman.

"They have to prove not that the judge was wrong, but that he abused his discretion. So that's a very, very high standard,” said Former Federal Prosecutor Ron Safer.

Prosecutors have until August 14 to file their response.