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Prosecutors get more time in Blagojevich appeal

CHICAGO – A federal appellate court has given prosecutors more time to prepare their brief in former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's appeal of his corruption convictions.

Federal prosecutors made the request Friday. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals responded, allowing them until Nov. 4. Any response from Blagojevich's attorneys would be due by Nov. 18. Prosecutors' brief was due Oct. 21.

Blagojevich filed the appeal in July, asked the appellate court to toss his convictions or at least reduce his 14-year prison sentence. Blagojevich was convicted on 18 counts over two trials.

Prosecutors say they need more time because of the voluminous case file.

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