Blagojevich asks for time to appeal to US Supreme Court
Rod Blagojevich’s attorneys want an appellate court to give them 90 days to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the imprisoned former governor’s appeal of his corruption convictions.
A Friday filing with Chicago’s 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals asks it to stay pending orders so lawyers can make the request with the nation’s highest court.
The 58-year-old Democrat is serving a 14-year prison term, including for trying to sell an appointment to President Barack Obama’s old Senate seat.
A three-judge panel tossed five of his 18 convictions in July. The 7th Circuit refused Blagojevich’s request this week for a full-court rehearing.
The Supreme Court is his last shot. And it’s a long shot. It only agrees to hear around 80 cases out of more than 10,000 requests annually.