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October 24, 2014, 9:39 am
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Blagojevich Lawyers Appeal Conviction Based on Supreme Court Ruling


A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on campaign donations is forming the basis of a new appeal by lawyers for former Governor Rod Blagojevich.

 

The attorneys say the language of that ruling allows for more latitude in giving and accepting donations… and as a result, the defense says it was improper to convict Blagojevich on charges related to donations he sought or received.

 

The appeal says conviction is only appropriate if Blagojevich made explicit promises to carry out official state action in exchange for the cash… something his lawyers say he never did.

 

Blagojevich is serving a 14-year sentence for corruption.

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