Blagojevich asks to be sentenced and avoid retrial

By Reuters
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 12:42 EDT
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CHICAGO (Reuters) – Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich asked on Wednesday to cancel his retrial on corruption charges and be sentenced on one charge of lying to federal officials .

Blagojevich said he wanted to skip the retrial “in the interests of justice and saving taxpayer funds,” according to a motion he filed in federal court Wednesday.

In his motion, Blagojevich noted that his defense lawyers, who are being paid by the government, have gone almost nine months without pay.

Last summer, Blagojevich was convicted on one of the corruption counts against him. The jury deadlocked on the remaining counts.

The charges against Blagojevich include trying to sell or barter the Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama when he became president.

The retrial is set for April 20. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s office had no comment.

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