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The Latest: Blagojevich lawyer: Supreme Court appeal likely

(CHICAGO) A lawyer for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says now that a judge has declined to lighten Blagojevich’s 14-year prison sentence, he may again appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Defense attorney Leonard Goodman said Tuesday the decision of whether to appeal will be up to Blagojevich, adding “I don’t see why he wouldn’t.”

The high court refused to consider Blagojevich’s corruption conviction earlier this year. At the time, one argument prosecutors made against the appeal being heard was that resentencing and other legal steps needed to play out.

U.S. District Judge James Zagel refused Tuesday to lessen Blagojevich’s sentence after an appeals court threw out some of the counts he was convicted of in 2011.

Blagojevich, who is being held in a prison near Denver, appeared at the hearing via video.

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