Only 5 of 18 charges are vacated….
The ex-Illionois Governor will stay in jail due to the remaining convictions…
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered a new trail on the charges removed…
Federal judges vacated five of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s (D) convictions in a unanimous ruling that will prompt a retrial.
Blagojevich has been in prison since 2012 on a 14-year sentence for a slew of convictions, including corruption charges related to the Senate seat that became vacant when President Obama won the 2008 presidential election. A jury found that Blagojevich tried to trade the seat for either a cabinet appointment from Obama or other concessions, including money.
But the decision from the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals questioned whether his proposal to trade a cabinet appointment in exchange for appointing top Obama aide Valerie Jarrett to the Senate seat is actually a crime.
The judges said that trading official acts is “a form of logrolling,” which may be ”legally different” from a bribe for. The judges write that exchanging official acts is a “common exercise” and that they could not find any examples of convictions for it in the past….