Supreme Court re­fuses sec­ond ap­peal

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WASH­ING­TON — The Supreme

Court for the sec­ond time has re­fused to hear an ap­peal by im­pris­oned former Illi­nois gov. Rod Blago­je­vich of his cor­rup­tion con­vic­tions.

The jus­tices didn’t com­ment Mon­day in let­ting stand the con­vic­tions and 14-year prison term the 61-year-old is serv­ing.

His sched­uled re­lease date is

2024.

Blago­je­vich’s lawyers had wanted the high court to take up his case to make clear what con­sti­tutes il­le­gal po­lit­i­cal fundrais­ing.

They ar­gued that politi­cians are vul­ner­a­ble to prose­cu­tion be­cause the line be­tween what’s al­lowed and what’s il­le­gal is blurry.

His con­vic­tions in­cluded try­ing to ex­tort a chil­dren’s hospi­tal for con­tri­bu­tions and seek­ing to trade an ap­point­ment to the Se­nate seat Barack Obama va­cated when he was elected pres­i­dent for cam­paign cash.

The court also re­fused to hear his 2016 ap­peal.

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