CHICAGO - Just before Monday night's 12:01 deadline, former governor Rod Blagojevich's attorneys filed an appeal to overturn Blagojevich's conviction and 14-year sentence. Specifically, the 104-page document lists the following questions to be reconsidered:
(1) Whether the government's evidence was insufficient under proper principles of law to support any of the counts of conviction.
(2) Whether the jury was misinstructed as to the law fraud, extortion and bribery as they relate to political deal-making and solicitation of campaign contributions
(3) Whether the lower court erred in excluding Blagojevich's defense that he had a good faith belief that his conduct comported with the law
(4) Whether the lower court erred in impeachment of cooperating witnesses as to their bias to testify favorably for the government
(5) Whether the lower court's one-sided evidentiary rulings deprived Blagojevich of a fair trial
(6) Whether the defendant's false statements conviction should be overturned where it is based on an answer to an ambiguous question and taken out of context
(7) Whether the lower court erred in failing to strike a biases juror
(8) Whether the sentencing court abused its discretion by enhancing Blagojevich's guideline offense level based on vague and speculative evidence of an illegal offer to raise campaign funds which was never accepted or even entertained.
The prosecution has a month to respond. Blagojevich's attorneys' complete appeal is posted HERE.