Attorneys for former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich are appealing his corruption conviction and 14-year sentence. They contend U.S. District Judge James Zagel made one-sided rulings on evidence in the case that favored prosecutors. Blagojevich was convicted of trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Obama.
His attorneys also argue Zagel imposed a stiff sentence based on vague and speculative evidence and that the jury was not informed of the legal distinction between campaign contributions and bribes. Blagojevich is serving a 14 year prison term at a federal facility in Colorado.