Blagojevich seeks new trial, cites judicial bias
CHICAGO (AP) — Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is asking a judge to set aside his multiple convictions on corruption charges and grant him yet another trial, claiming his recently completed retrial was “fundamentally unfair.”
In a 158-page motion filed late Monday, Blagojevich’s attorneys offered up a lengthy list of alleged errors and biases and say he was deprived the presumption of innocence.
Jurors found Blagojevich guilty on 17 of 20 counts last month, including attempted extortion for trying to sell or trade President Barack Obama’s vacated U.S. Senate seat.
The motion claims the judge ruled too often for prosecutors, denying Blagojevich the ability to defend himself.
The U.S. attorney’s office declined comment. The government could respond at a status hearing set for next week.
No sentencing date for Blagojevich has been set.