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Rod Blagojevich Appeal: Court To Hear Arguments In Granting New Trial To Ex-Illinois Governor

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Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich prepares to deliver a statement on his last full day of freedom at his Chicago home on Wednesday, March 14, 2012. Blagojevich is due to report to Federal Correctional Institution Englewood in Colorado on Thursday to begin serving a 14-year sentence on federal corruption charges. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images) | Chicago Tribune via Getty Images
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CHICAGO (AP) — An appeals court says it will hear arguments next month on granting a new trial to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

A Friday posting by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says the sides will deliver arguments before a three-judge panel on Dec. 13. Each will have 30 minutes.

Lawyers for the 56-year-old imprisoned Democrat filed a 100-page appeal in July, arguing that trial Judge James Zagel committed a litany of errors. The government filed a 169-page, point-by-point response earlier this week.

Jurors convicted Blagojevich of wide-ranging corruption in 2011, including for trying to profit from his power to name someone to the U.S. Senate seat that Barack Obama vacated to become president. Blagojevich is serving a 14-year prison term in Colorado.

The court should rule within several months.

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