Odds Against Blagojevich as he Appeals ConvictionCHICAGO (AP) - Rod Blagojevich faces long odds with the appeal of his federal corruption conviction, just as did his predecessor as Illinois governor, George Ryan.
Blagojevich's attorney filed an appeal late Monday with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, asking the higher court toss to Blagojevich's convictions or, at least, to reduce his 14-year prison sentence
Prosecutors have 30 days to file a response to the appeal. Oral arguments before a three-judge panel could be scheduled soon thereafter.
Blagojevich is now 56 and in a prison outside Denver.
If he's looking to Ryan for encouragement on his appeal, he won't find it.
Ryan was recently released after more than five years in prison and seven months of home confinement. He filed multiple appeals but lost every key ruling.
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