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Lawyer Tells Court Blagojevich To Appeal Prison Sentence

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Rod Blagojevich's lawyer has notified a federal court that the imprisoned former Illinois governor plans to appeal his 14-year sentence for corruption imposed at a resentencing earlier this month.

Leonard Goodman filed the brief notice with U.S. District Court in Chicago Tuesday informing sentencing Judge James Zagel that the 59-year-old Democrat will appeal to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Zagel on Aug. 9 rejected pleas for leniency from the now white-haired former governor and kept the sentence originally imposed in 2011 at 14 years.

Blagojevich spoke at the Chicago hearing via video from a Colorado prison.

Blagojevich was eligible for resentencing after an appellate panel last year tossed several convictions related to his alleged attempt to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama's old Senate seat.

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