Corruption

Judges Hear Blagojevich Sentencing Appeal

Likely last chance to get prison term reduced

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Imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will on Friday get what will likely be his last chance to win his freedom as a three-judge federal panel hears oral arguments in his appeal.

A lawyer for the disgraced Illinois Democrat was to appear before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to ask it to toss Blagojevich's corruption convictions.

Short of that, Blagojevich's defense team hopes the court will at least agree to reduce his 14-year prison term, which was one of the longest sentences ever imposed for political corruption in a state where four of the last seven governors have gone to prison.

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