Blagojevich attorneys file appeal

By WEEK Reporter

Blagojevich attorneys file appeal

July 16, 2013 Updated Jul 16, 2013 at 11:38 AM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill. --Lawyers for former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich have decided to appeal his conviction on corruption charges.

They had a midnight deadline to do so.

Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison in 2011 after being convicted on corruption charges in December 2010

He has been serving that term at a Colorado prison.

The appeal says mistakes by judge James Zagel with regards to rulings involving evidence favored prosecutors.

The appeal also says that evidence was insufficient to prove any points of conviction.

Those points include the alleged scheme to sell then Senator Barack Obama's senate seat for political appointments and the alleged scheme to trade the seat to Jesse Jackson Jr.

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