The Latest: Blagojevich wife 'disappointed' in high court

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Posted: Mar 28, 2016 2:32 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to not hear former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's appeal (all times local):

1:30 p.m.

Rod Blagojevich's wife says she had hoped the U.S. Supreme Court would hear the imprisoned former Illinois governor's appeal of his remaining corruptions convictions.

Patti Blagojevich released a statement after the high court announced Monday that the justices wouldn't take up the 59-year-old Democrat's case.

She says she and their two children are "incredibly disappointed" and that it's "not the outcome" they "had hoped and prayed for." She says they have "faith in the system" and that they "long for the day" that Blagojevich returns home.

The court's decision means an appellate court's ruling stands. In July, the lower court tossed five counts and let 13 counts stand, including several related to Blagojevich's attempt to sell the vacant Senate seat once occupied by President Barack Obama.

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11:40 a.m.

A lawyer for Rod Blagojevich is disappointed the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the imprisoned former Illinois governor's appeal of his remaining corruptions convictions, including his attempt to sell the vacant U.S. Senate seat once occupied by President Barack Obama.

But Leonard Goodman said after the court's decision Monday that he could ask it again to consider hearing the case. That's because one argument prosecutors made against the appeal was that the government hasn't decided whether to retry Blagojevich on five dismissed counts. A lower appeals court threw out five of 18 corruption convictions in July.

Prosecutors could, but are not expected to, retry Blagojevich on the five counts.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered Blagojevich to be resentenced on the surviving 13 counts, adding that the 14-year sentence the Chicago Democrat is serving may still be fair.

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8:35 a.m.

The Supreme Court has rejected former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's appeal of his corruption convictions that included his attempt to sell the vacant Senate seat once occupied by President Barack Obama.

The justices on Monday let stand an appeals court ruling that found Blagojevich crossed the line when he sought money in exchange for naming someone to fill the seat.

The 59-year-old Blagojevich is serving a 14-year sentence at a federal prison in Colorado.

A federal appeals court last year threw out five of his 18 convictions and Blagojevich was hoping the Supreme Court would consider tossing the rest.

His lawyers argued that the line between the legal and illegal trading of political favors has become blurred, potentially leaving politicians everywhere subject to prosecution.