High court rejects request to reconsider Blagojevich case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won’t reconsider its decision to reject former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s (blah-GOY’-uh-vich) appeal of his corruption convictions.

The justices on Monday denied without comment a long-shot petition urging the court to take another look at the case.

The court first turned down Blagojevich’s appeal on March 28. He challenged an appeals court ruling that said Blagojevich crossed the line when he sought money in exchange for naming someone to fill the vacant Senate seat once occupied by President Barack Obama.

Blagojevich argued that circumstances have changed because prosecutors said they won’t retry him on five counts tossed by a federal appeals court. He said eliminating the possibility of retrial made his case a better candidate for the high court because there are no longer concerns about “piecemeal litigation.”

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