Chicago: Former Illinois Gov Rod Blagojevich
wants a judge to nullify the only conviction the jury returned in his mostly deadlocked corruption trial.
In a motion filed in federal court late Monday, defence
lawyers called on the judge to override the jury`s decision
and acquit Blagojevich of lying to the FBI. The attorneys say
another option is for the judge to set the conviction aside
and try Blagojevich again.
At the end of a two-and-a-half month trial, jurors
convicted the ex-governor on one of 24 counts.
Prosecutors accuse Blagojevich of trying sell or trade
President Barack Obama`s former Senate seat. They say they`ll
retry Blagojevich on the 23 deadlocked charges. A retrial is
expected to begin early next year.
Blagojevich denies any wrongdoing.