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NOV 13, 2013 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Prosecutors respond to Blagojevich appeal

CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors have responded to Rod Blagojevich's appeal of his corruption conviction, challenging the notion that the behavior that landed the former Illinois governor behind bars was run-of-the-mill political horse-trading. Jurors convicted Blagojevich on 18 counts, including for trying to profit from his power to name someone to the Senate seat Barack Obama vacated to become president. In their 100-page appeal, defense attorneys claim Blagojevich engaged in a legal "political horse-trade" when he floated the idea of a Cabinet seat or ambassadorship for himself if he ... Read More

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