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Feds argue, again, that Blagojevich sentence is appropriate

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich speaks to the media outside his home in Chicago in 2012 as his wife, Patti, wipes away tears a day before he was to report to a prison after his conviction on corruption charges. President Barack Obama is leaving office without granting early prison release to Blagojevich.
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich speaks to the media outside his home in Chicago in 2012 as his wife, Patti, wipes away tears a day before he was to report to a prison after his conviction on corruption charges. President Barack Obama is leaving office without granting early prison release to Blagojevich.

CHICAGO (AP) – Prosecutors say an appeals court shouldn’t grant former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich a third sentencing hearing.

Their filing Thursday comes on the day the Illinois Democrat started his sixth year in prison for corruption, including trying to trade an appointment to ex-President Barack Obama’s old Senate seat for campaign cash.

The one-time “Celebrity Apprentice” contestant with President Donald Trump asked the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in December for another sentencing. Among other things, he argued a lower court didn’t consider Blagojevich’s good behavior in prison at an August resentencing in reimposing the original 14-year sentence.

The 7th Circuit ordered the resentencing after tossing five of Blagojevich’s 18 convictions.

Prosecutors’ 47-page filing offers few new arguments for why Blagojevich’s sentence is appropriate. It notes he’s never acknowledged seriously wrongdoing. Oral arguments are on April 18.

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