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Feds argue, again, that Blagojevich sentence is appropriate

Published: Thursday, March 16, 2017 10:46 p.m. CDT
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(AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
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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