Court Overturns Some Blagojevich Senate-Seat Convictions

A federal appeals court Tuesday overturned some of the most sensational convictions that sent former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich off to a lengthy stint in prison, ruling prosecutors did not prove the Democrat broke the law when he tried to get a Cabinet position in President Barack Obama's administration in exchange for Obama's old Senate seat. The ruling from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago means the 58-year-old, currently Inmate No. 40892-424 in a Colorado prison, could serve less than his original 14-year sentence. The court ruled the original sentence was too high and ordered that Blagojevich be resentenced. The court dismissed five of the 18 counts Blagojevich was convicted of.