A long shot appeal bid by former Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been denied. Blagojevich had requested a rehearing of his appeal in front of all nine judges of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is rarely granted. His request was turned down, with the three judges who heard the original appeal voting to deny the rehearing, and none of the other six calling for a vote. Five of Blagojevich's convictions were thrown out by the three-judge panel, which means he can be resentenced, but the ruling stated the original sentence of 14 years wasn't unjust based on the remaining counts against him.
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Blagojevich's attorney, Len Goodman, is promising to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. If that fails, he says Blagojevich will pursue resentencing, though it would be handled by the same judge who gave him the 14-year prison term, U.S. District Judge James Zagel. The only upside to this decision for the Blagiojevich family is that it was delivered in just a few weeks. “While I am disappointed that the petition for rehearing was denied, I am thankful that the decision came quickly because the waiting is awful. What’s clear is that in order for us to see justice, the appeal needs to be taken out of Illinois and be in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court where we can find fairness and impartial justices," Patti Blagojevich said in a statement.