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Lawyers for Blagojevich resentencing due in Chicago court

FILE - In this March 14, 2012, file photo, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich speaks to the media outside his home in Chicago as his wife, Patti, wipes away tears a day before he was to report to a prison after his conviction on corruption charges. On Monday, July 25, 2016, federal prosecutors said statements Blagojevich has made prove he isn't "deserving of leniency." A resentencing hearing is scheduled next month for Blagojevich, who is hoping a federal judge will give him a five-year sentence instead of his original 14 years. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
FILE - In this March 14, 2012, file photo, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich speaks to the media outside his home in Chicago as his wife, Patti, wipes away tears a day before he was to report to a prison after his conviction on corruption charges. On Monday, July 25, 2016, federal prosecutors said statements Blagojevich has made prove he isn't "deserving of leniency." A resentencing hearing is scheduled next month for Blagojevich, who is hoping a federal judge will give him a five-year sentence instead of his original 14 years. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

CHICAGO – Attorneys are scheduled to address issues surrounding the resentencing of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, including whether he will attend the hearing in Chicago in person.

An appeals court ordered the resentencing after tossing five of Blagojevich's 18 corruption convictions. He has served four years of the original 14-year sentence imposed by U.S. District Judge James Zagel in 2011.

Prosecutors want that sentence preserved. The defense wants it slashed to five years.

Zagel is set to resentence the 59-year-old Blagojevich Aug. 9.

A status hearing is scheduled for Wednesday morning. One of the issues that could be taken up is whether Blagojevich will attend the resentencing in person or participate via video link from federal prison in Colorado.

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