Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for 18 corruption counts. (Photo used under Creative Commons from Flickr user jbnewman)
By The Alex Degman
SPRINGFIELD – Attorneys for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich still proclaim his innocence and cannot wait for his appeal.
Sam Adam Jr. and Sr. were in Springfield this week, representing a client charged with attempted murder. But their high profile client from a couple of years ago is still in their minds.
Sam Adam Jr. told reporters the appeal has been a slow process.
“We’re just waiting to get to the appeal. I don’t know if you guys know this, the appellate record has not been made yet,” Adam Jr. said. “They still do not have the transcripts. It’s been two years since our trial and a year since the second trial.”
Adam Jr. and Sr. both believe the governor will, at the minimum, have a reverse non-sentencing.
They and attorneys in the second trial repeatedly called to have all the FBI wiretap recordings played, but they never were.
Blagojevich was convicted on 18 of 20 corruption counts, 17 of which came at his retrial last year, including charges that he tried to sell or trade the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Obama. Blagojevich started serving a 14-year prison term in March.