Rod Blagojevich

President Barack Obama is leaving office without granting early prison release to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Obama released a list of his final acts of clemency Thursday and the list didn't include Blagojevich, who is in the fourth year of a 14-year prison term after being convicted of trying to sell Obama's Illinois seat in the U.S. Senate when Obama became president.

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One of the last options for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to get out of prison early rests in the hands of the man whose Senate seat Blagojevich was convicted of trying to sell: President Barack Obama.

The Department of Justice confirms the 60-year-old Blagojevich submitted a request to have his 14-year prison sentence for corruption commuted. His convictions include charges of seeking to exchange an appointment to Obama's old Senate seat for campaign cash.

U.S. Government

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is asking a U.S. appeals court to nullify his 14-year prison term and order a third sentencing hearing.

Attorneys for the Chicago Democrat filed the 50-page appeal late Tuesday night with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The filing follows Blagojevich's resentencing Aug. 9, when trial Judge James Zagel refused to lower the original 14-year sentence.

CREDIT "COURTROOM ONE GAVEL" BY FLICKR USER BETH CORTEZ-NEAVEL / (CC BY 2.0)

Rod Blagojevich's lawyer has notified a federal court that the imprisoned former Illinois governor plans to appeal his 14-year sentence for corruption imposed at a resentencing earlier this month.

Leonard Goodman filed the brief notice with U.S. District Court in Chicago Tuesday informing sentencing Judge James Zagel that the 59-year-old Democrat will appeal to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Zagel on Aug. 9 rejected pleas for leniency from the now white-haired former governor and kept the sentence originally imposed in 2011 at 14 years.

U.S. Government

A federal judge has upheld former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's 14-year prison sentence on corruption charges.

The Democrat appeared via a video link Tuesday from his Colorado prison for a resentencing hearing in Chicago. It was the 59-year-old's first public appearance since he entered prison in 2012.

Blagojevich told Judge James Zagel that four years locked up and away from his family has made him a changed man.

No longer filled with anger, instead wanting to do good by helping inmates.

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