Rod Blagojevich

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Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich gave up his life-sized Elvis Presley statue when he went to prison in 2012, but not his love for the King.

Blagojevich's attorney says in court documents arguing for a reduction in his 14-year sentence that he has studied guitar and formed a band named after one of Elvis's biggest hits: "Jailhouse Rock."

Attorney Leonard Goodman says Blagojevich and another inmate have performed as "The Jailhouse Rockers'' at times. 

U.S. Government

Federal prosecutors and defense attorneys face a midnight deadline for motions regarding the sentence they'd like former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to receive when his case returns to court for a resentencing hearing next month.

Both sides were given until midnight Monday to file their motions in anticipation of the scheduled Aug. 9 hearing before U.S. District Judge James Zagel.

The hearing stems from a ruling last year by an appellate court panel that threw out five of the 18 corruption charges for which Blagojevich was convicted in 2011.

U.S. Government

The Supreme Court won't reconsider its decision to reject former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's of his corruption convictions.

The justices on Monday denied without comment a long-shot petition urging the court to take another look at the case.

The court first turned down Blagojevich's appeal on March 28. He challenged an appeals court ruling that said Blagojevich crossed the line when he sought money in exchange for naming someone to fill the vacant Senate seat once occupied by President Barack Obama.

U.S. Government

Prosecutors say they won't retry former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich on five counts tossed by a federal appeals court and have requested a resentencing date.

Prosecutors' Wednesday filing came two days after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear Blagojevich's appeal of 13 remaining corruption convictions. Those include his attempt to sell an appointment to the Senate vacated by President Barack Obama.

The high court was one of the 59-year-old Democrat's last hopes to have his remaining convictions tossed or to sharply reduce his 14-year prison sentence.

Blagojevich Appeal Rejected By Supreme Court

Mar 28, 2016
US Marshalls Service

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday by former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich to throw out his 2008 corruption convictions, which include an attempt to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama. 

An appeals court threw out five of the governor’s 18 convictions last year, but Supreme Court justices said they “drew a line” when he sought money for the vacant seat.  

Blagojevich is awaiting a resentencing trial in July. He currently is serving a 14-year prison sentence.

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