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Blagojevich asks for new trial citing judicial bias

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Former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Blagojevich was convicted of 17 out of 20 counts in his corruption retrial last month, and is now asking for a new trial, citing judicial bias.

Updated 1:14 p.m.

Impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich claims he never would have testified at his recent corruption trial had he known the judge would stop him from making certain statements.

Blagojevich made the assertion in an affidavit tagged at the end of a 158-page motion for a new trial filed this week.

He testified for seven days at his retrial. Jurors later convicted him on 17 corruption counts.

Blagojevich says in the signed affidavit that he only took the stand because his attorneys assured him he'd be able to tell jurors he sincerely believed his actions had been legal.

He adds he wouldn't have waived his constitutional right to not testify had he known Judge James Zagel would sustain prosecutors' objections whenever he started talking about the perceived legality of his actions.

The government is expected to respond to the motion next month.

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