Supreme Court nears decision on Blagojevich appeal


CHICAGO (AP) — Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich could soon learn whether the U.S. Supreme Court will hear an appeal of his conviction on charges of corruption that included an attempt to sell an appointment to President Barack Obama’s old Senate seat.

The 59-year-old Democrat had five of his 18 convictions thrown out in July 2015 and has asked the high court to overturn the remaining ones. He is currently serving a 14-year prison sentence.

The Chicago Tribune (trib.in/1q9oMzd ) reports that the Supreme Court justices deliberated Blagojevich’s petition Friday during a weekly case conference.

The court typically issues orders on the Monday after deliberating a petition. Decisions to not consider such petitions are usually noted without explanation.

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Information from: Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.com