- Associated Press - Saturday, March 10, 2018

CHICAGO (AP) - A top federal government lawyer is urging the U.S. Supreme Court not to hear disgraced ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s appeal.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that in a 34-page brief filed Friday, Solicitor General Noel John Francisco calls Blagojevich’s appeal “unwarranted’ and “without merit.”

The brief comes after Blagojevich’s asked the court last November to consider tossing his convictions on corruption charges. In the filing, Blagojevich’s attorneys argue that by taking up the case, the court could settle lingering disagreements in lower courts over what constitutes illegal political fundraising.

Blagojevich was indicted in 2009 on federal corruption charges, including allegations that he tried to sell or trade President Barack Obama’s old Senate seat. He was later convicted and has served more than five years of a 14-year federal prison sentence.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide