Convicted Former Governor Rod Blagojevich Requests New Trial
Ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich filed a motion Monday requesting a new trial after his conviction on federal corruption charges.
In the motion, Blagojevich’s attorneys argue that the trial was fundamentally unfair. They claim their defense was handicapped by Judge James Zagel's rulings that overwhelmingly favored the prosecutors.
The motion also states that Judge Zagel approved too many jurors who were predisposed to rule against Blagojevich, forcing the defense to use up their challenges.
Blagojevich was convicted on 17 counts of corruption at his retrial and is facing sentencing on those charges in addition to his conviction of lying to the FBI in his first trial. He was found guilty of attempting to sell the senate seat of President Barack Obama.
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