Court to hear arguments on Blagojevich appeal

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CHICAGO (AP) - An appeals court says it'll hear arguments next month on granting a new trial to Illinois' imprisoned former governor, Rod Blagojevich.
   
A Friday posting by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says the sides will deliver arguments before a three-judge panel on Dec. 13. Each will have 30 minutes.
   
Lawyers for the 56-year-old Democrat filed a 100-page appeal in July, arguing that trial Judge James Zagel committed a litany of errors. The government filed a 169-page, point-by-point response earlier this week.
   
Jurors convicted Blagojevich of wide-ranging corruption in 2011, including for trying to profit from his power to name someone to the Senate seat that Barack Obama vacated to become president. Blagojevich is serving a 14-year prison term in Colorado.
   
The court should rule within several months.

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