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More Papers Filed In Voluminous Blagojevich 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 laid out a final set of arguments in writing before they step before appellate judges next week to argue that the imprisoned ex-governor deserves a new trial.

The 33-page filing with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals repeats arguments made before, including that trial Judge James Zagel displayed bias againstBlagojevich. The brief was posted late Monday. 

The defense and prosecution will get 30 minutes each to deliver oral arguments before a three-judge panel Dec. 13.
 
Underpinning those arguments will be voluminous written arguments. Lawyers for the 56-year-old Democrat filed a 100-page appeal in July. Last month, prosecutors offered a 169-page response. Monday filing's was a defense reply to that government response.

Jurors convicted Blagojevich of wide-ranging corruption in 2011. He's serving his 14-year prison term.