Lawyers for Blagojevich resentencing due in Chicago court


CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys are scheduled to address issues surrounding the resentencing of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, including whether he will attend the hearing in Chicago in person.

An appeals court ordered the resentencing after tossing five of Blagojevich’s 18 corruption convictions. He has served four years of the original 14-year sentence imposed by U.S. District Judge James Zagel in 2011.

Prosecutors want that sentence preserved. The defense wants it slashed to five years.

Zagel is set to resentence the 59-year-old Blagojevich Aug. 9.

A status hearing is scheduled for Wednesday morning. One of the issues that could be taken up is whether Blagojevich will attend the resentencing in person or participate via video link from federal prison in Colorado.

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