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Supreme Court Won't Hear Former Illinois Gov. Blagojevich's Appeal

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich speaks to the media outside his home in Chicago as his wife Patti wipes away tears a day before he was to report to a prison Supreme Court Won't Hear Former Illinois Gov. Blagojevich's Appeal
Patty Aguilar | 17 April, 2018, 06:01

The United States Supreme court has again denied an appeal request from imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

The court rejected an earlier appeal in 2016. "From the beginning we've had faith in the system and have felt the court would bring Rod back to us".

His convictions included trying to extort a children's hospital for contributions and seeking to trade an appointment to the Senate seat Barack Obama vacated when he was elected president for campaign cash.

Blagojevich's best hope now is for President Donald Trump to issue a pardon or commutation.

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"Rod, Amy, Annie and I could not be more disappointed in the decision today by the U.S. Supreme Court".

The Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2015 voided five of Blagojevich's 18 convictions and ordered a resentencing, but U.S. District Judge James Zagel in Chicago reimposed the 14-year term.

Blagojevich, 61, was convicted on charges including wire fraud, extortion and soliciting bribes while governor. The justices on Monday made a decision to hear none of the cases on their current weekly list-and denied dozens. That is a 1% success ratio-a ratio that Illinois' former governor on Monday did not make.

It is the second time the court declined to grant cert to Blagojevich, report the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago-Sun Times. The two men have a history, after Blagojevich appeared on Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice" reality show in 2010.

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