No rehearing for imprisoned ex-Illinois Governor Blagojevich

A federal appeals court on Monday refused to reconsider its recent decision upholding former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich’s corruption conviction and 14-year prison term.

The order from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago likely ends Blagojevich’s chance for a new trial or shorter sentence unless he can persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to take up his case, a long shot.

Leonard Goodman, a lawyer for Blagojevich, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

In its April 21 decision, the appeals court rejected arguments that Blagojevich deserved leniency because of his good behavior during his five years in prison, and because parts of his original 2011 conviction had been thrown out.

Blagojevich, 60, was convicted on charges including wire fraud, extortion and soliciting bribes while governor, a job he held from January 2003 to January 2009 before being removed from office. He is eligible for release from prison in May 2024.

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Andrew Hay)

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