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Blagojevich sentencing set for Dec 6, when ousted Illinois governor expected to address court
CHICAGO (AP) ' An attorney says impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich plans to make a statement to the court at his newly scheduled sentencing hearing in December.
The attorney's comments came Monday as a federal judge set a new sentencing date of Dec. 6 for Blagojevich.
Jurors at Blagojevich's retrial earlier this year convicted him on 17 of 20 corruption charges, including attempted extortion for trying to sell or trade President Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat.
At his first trial last year, jurors deadlocked on all but one count ' convicting Blagojevich of lying to the FBI.
Blagojevich's attorney, Sheldon Sorosky, wouldn't discuss what Blagojevich planned say to the sentencing judge. Defendants typically express remorse in the hopes for leniency, though Blagojevich has steadfastly maintained his innocence.