Blagojevich Bribe Was Mere Political Trade, 7th Circ. Hears
By Lance Duroni
Law360, Chicago (December 13, 2013, 3:20 PM ET) -- Disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich pressed the Seventh Circuit on Friday to overturn the corruption conviction that landed him 14 years in prison, with his attorney arguing that Blagojevich thought his attempt to swap a U.S. Senate seat for a political appointment was standard beltway horse-trading.
During oral arguments in Chicago, Len Goodman, an attorney for Blagojevich, said the trial was “fundamentally unfair,” claiming his client was improperly barred from asserting a “good faith” defense — that Blagojevich honestly believed his actions were within the...