Prosecutors respond to Blagojevich appeal

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Associated Press

Posted on November 13, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 11:07 AM

CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors are challenging the notion that the behavior that landed former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's behind bars for corruption was run-of-the-mill political horse-trading.

They rebutted that claim in an unusually lengthy, 169-page filing before a midnight deadline Tuesday.

The document is the official reply to the Illinois Democrat's July appeal with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.

In their request for a new trial or a sharp reduction in Blagojevich's 14-year sentence, defense lawyers claimed the trial judge made errors.

In 2011, jurors convicted the 56-year-old of wide-ranging corruption, including for trying to sell or trade the Senate seat Barack Obama vacated to became president.

The government's filing says that, "No matter the price he charges, a public official who sells his office engages in crime, not politics."

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