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8/9/2016: Resentencing set for Rod Blagojevich. 10:30a, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. 219 S. Dearborn, 25th floor, Judge James Zagel. Rod Blagojevich will appear via closed-circuit TV. Family are expected in the Chicago courtroom. (See DOWNLOADS below)
3/8/2016: Reply Brief for the Petition for Writ of Certiorara (See DOWNLOADS below)
2/2016: Government files Response to the Writ of Certiorara (See DOWNLOADS below)
12/21/2015: Amicaus Brief filed in Support of the Petitioner (See DOWNLOADS below)
11/17/2015: US Supreme Court – Petition for Writ of Certiorara (See DOWNLOADS below)
8/21/2015: Motion to Stay Mandate Filed (See DOWNLOADS below)
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Gov. Rod Blagojevich served as the 40th Governor of Illinois from 2003 to 2009. He was arrested in 2009 on corruption charges. After two trials he was convicted. In March 2012, Blagojevich began serving a 14-year sentence in federal prison near Denver, Colo. for trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama when he was elected President of the United States. He appealed his conviction and in July, 2015, a three judge panel on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals tossed out five of the 18 counts. His attorneys have now appealed the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Rod Blagojevich has been married to his wife Patti since 1990 and have two daughters: Amy and Annie.
» 2015 July 23: 7th Circuit Court dismisses 5 of 18 counts; orders resentencing. »2013 July: Blagojevich lawyers appeal conviction. »2012March: Blagojevich reports to prison in Denver, Colo. to begin serving 14 year prison sentence. » 2011June 27: Trial #2 verdict: After nine days of deliberating, jurors find Blagojevich guilty of 18 counts. Jurors find him not guilty on one count; deadlocks on two.» 2010Aug. 16: After deliberating 14 days, jury convicts on just one count — lying to the FBI. Deadlocks on others. Prosecutors announce retrial; drop charges against Rob Blagojevich, Rod’s brother.» 2009 April 2: Blagojevich formally indicted along with five co-defendants — former chief of staff, John Harris; fundraiser Christopher Kelly (who would later commit suicide); another former chief of staff and law school friend, Lon Monk; Springfield powerbroker William F. Cellini and his brother, Rob Blagojevich.» 2009 Jan. 9: The Illinois House votes 114-1 to impeach Blagojevich, the first Illinois governor in history to be impeached. The dissenting vote was from his sister in law, Deb Mell. The Illinois Senate votes unanimously to remove Blagojevich from office.» 2009 Dec. 9: Federal agents arrest Blagojevich on corruption charges at his Chicago home.
Patti Blagojevich – Wife of the former governor Patti Blagojevich was the First Lady of Illinois from January 2003 to January 2009. She was a contestant on the NBC reality show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me out of Here in June 2009, where she placed 4th in the competition. The former governor was originally selected and even taped promotional spots for the show, but he was not granted permission by the court to participate so Patti went in his place. Patti is the daughter of former Chicago alderman Richard Mell. Her sister, Deb Mell, served in the Illinois State House of Representatives from 2009 to 2013, and has been on the Chicago City Council since 2013. As First Lady of Illinois, Blagojevich supported the illiteracy eradication initiatives and the Illinois Pediatric Vision Initiative. Len Goodman – Appellate Attorney Leonard Goodman is a Chicago criminal defense attorney with a reputation for taking on, and winning, the most difficult cases. Since graduating from Northwestern University School of Law in 1989, Mr. Goodman has devoted his career to the representation of persons charged with serious crimes and has been a strong advocate for the cause of justice. He has tried criminal cases in state and federal courts throughout the Midwest. His appellate practice is nationwide. Mr. Goodman has the rare distinction of having won major criminal cases at every level of the state and federal court systems, including wins (obtaining the reversal of his clients’ criminal convictions) in the United States Supreme Court (drug conspiracy conviction), the Illinois Supreme Court (first degree murder), the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (first degree murder) and the Illinois Appellate Court (two first degree murders and one attempted murder). The appeals that he has briefed and argued have helped change the law and advance the cause of justice (See significant cases). He has represented high-profile defendants and the indigent, all with equal vigor and has won awards for his work on behalf of the wrongfully convicted and on behalf of an Afghani man detained at Guantanamo Bay without charges or evidence of any wrongdoing. Mr. Goodman is also an adjunct professor of Law at Depaul University where he teaches Federal Habeas Corpus.
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