Criminal Justice

Rod Blagojevich Appeals Conviction at Last Minute

Lawyers filed just before a midnight deadline

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Lawyers for Rod Blagojevich filed an appeal just before a midnight deadline Monday that challenges the imprisoned former Illinois governor's corruption conviction and 14-year prison term. Grounds included assertions that the trial judge committed a litany of errors.

The 100-plus page filing with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago comes more than two years after the Chicago Democrat's retrial and 16 months after he entered a federal prison in Colorado.