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Blago Asks Judge to Undo Conviction

Lawyers ask judge to override jury on lone 'lying to FBI' charge
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 14, 2010 11:37 AM CDT
Blago Asks Judge to Undo Conviction
In this Aug. 12, 2010 file photo, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich arrives at the federal building as the jury continues to deliberate in his federal corruption trial in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

(Newser) – Rod Blagojevich wants a judge to nullify the only conviction the jury returned in his mostly deadlocked corruption trial. In a motion filed in federal court late yesterday, defense lawyers called on the judge to override the jury's decision and acquit the former Illinois governor of lying to the FBI. The attorneys say another option is for the judge to set the conviction aside and try Blagojevich again.

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At the end of a two-and-a-half month trial, jurors convicted the ex-governor on one of 24 counts. Prosecutors accuse Blagojevich of trying sell or trade President Obama's former Senate seat. They say they'll retry Blagojevich on the 23 deadlocked charges. A retrial is expected to begin early next year. Blagojevich denies any wrongdoing. To catch up on all things Blago, click here.
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