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Blagojevich Files New Argument In Appeal

Rod Blagojevich

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich departs his Chicago home for Littleton, Colo., to begin his 14-year prison sentence on corruption charges Thursday, March 15, 2012. The 55-year-old Democrat becomes the second Illinois governor in a row to go to prison for corruption. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)

Rod Blagojevich's lawyers have submitted an additional argument on why an appeals court in Chicago should overturn the convictions of the imprisoned former governor.

Jurors convicted the Democrat on multiple corruption counts, including that he tried to swap an appointment to President Barack Obama's old Senate seat for campaign money or a job. 

Wednesday's two-page filing with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refers to an April Supreme Court decision striking down laws that restrict aggregate limits on campaign contributions. 

Defense lawyers say that ruling also indicated the solicitation of contributions was corruption only when a politician gave a clear promise to take some official action in exchange for the donation. They say Blagojevich never made such promises.

Prosecutors are expected to file a response in the coming days. 

Categories: Criminal Justice