Appeals court denies petition by former Illinois Governor Blagojevich

Former Governor of Illinois Blagojevich makes a statement to reporters outside his Chicago home one day before reporting to federal prison to serve a 14-year sentence for corruptionBy Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) – A federal appeals court denied on Wednesday a petition by former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich for a rehearing of the court’s prior ruling that upheld most of his convictions and ordered him to remain in prison while some were retried. Blagojevich, who is serving a 14-year sentence for attempted extortion from campaign contributers, wire fraud and other crimes, had asked for a rehearing in front of the full 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The full court has 11 active judges.

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