U.S. appeals court vacates some convictions of former Illinois Governor Blagojevich

Former Governor of Illinois Blagojevich makes a statement to reporters outside his Chicago home

A U.S. appeals court said on Tuesday it had vacated five out of 18 criminal convictions against former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, who is serving a 14-year sentence for attempted extortion from campaign contributors, wire fraud and other crimes. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed 13 counts, ordered a retrial on the other five counts and said Blagojevich, 58, was not entitled to be released from federal prison during the new trial because his sentence is already below the recommended length of time for the convictions that were upheld. Blagojevich, a Democrat, was arrested in December 2008 when he was still governor.

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