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Prosecutors say Blagojevich lawyers misread ruling

Published: Friday, July 18, 2014 1:24 p.m. CST
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FILE - This March 14, 2012 file photo shows former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich autographing a 'Free Gov. Blago' sign for one of his supporters at his home in Chicago the day before Blagojevich was due to report to prison to begin serving a 14-year sentence on corruption charges. Blagojevich's lawyers submitted an additional argument on why an appeals court in Chicago should overturn the imprisoned former governor's convictions Wednesday July, 16, 2014, in Chicago. The two-page filing with the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals refers to an April Supreme Court decision striking down laws that restrict aggregate limits on campaign contributions.

CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors responding to a new argument in Rod Blagojevich's appeal say the former governor's lawyers have misrepresented a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in another case.

Blagojevich's lawyers say an April ruling by the high court found that soliciting contributions is corruption only when a politician makes explicit promises to take official action for a donation.

The Illinois Democrat is imprisoned on corruption charges.

But prosecutors say in a Friday filing that's a misreading of the ruling in McCutcheon v. the Federal Election Commission. They say the high court didn't conclude an exchange had to be explicitly stated to constitute corruption.

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago has been considering Blagojevich's appeal for more than six months. It's unclear when they'll rule.

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