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Blagojevich facing deadline to appeal convictions

5:29 AM, Jul 16, 2013   |    comments
CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 14: Convicted former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich walks through a hoard of media toward his house before giving a news conference outside his home March 14, 2012 in Chicago. Blagojevich must report to a federal prison in Colorado by tomorrow to start serving a 14-year term he received for his conviction on numerous counts of fraud and corruption including attempting to sell the vacant U.S. Senate seat held by then Senator Barack Obama. (Photo by Frank Polich/Getty Images
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CHICAGO (AP) - Lawyers for imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich have appealed his corruption convictions and 14-year sentence. 

Monday's filing with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago comes more than two years after the Chicago Democrat's retrial and 16 months after he entered a Colorado prison.

Jurors convicted the 56-year-old for wide-ranging corruption, including his bid to profit from his power to appoint someone to the state senate seat Barack Obama vacated to become president.

His lawyers filed the appeal less than an hour before a midnight deadline to do so.

In June, defense attorneys citing the complicated issues involved received permission to file a longer-than-usual appeal.

Associated Press

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