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More papers filed in voluminous Blagojevich appeal

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Rod Blagojevich's lawyers laid out a final set of arguments in writing before they step before appellate judges next week to argue that the imprisoned ex-governor deserves a new trial.

The 33-page filing with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals repeats arguments made before, including that trial Judge James Zagel displayed bias against Blagojevich. The brief was posted late Monday.

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The defense and prosecution will get 30 minutes each to deliver oral arguments before a three-judge panel Dec. 13.

Underpinning those arguments will be voluminous written arguments. Lawyers for the 56-year-old Democrat filed a 100-page appeal in July. Last month, prosecutors offered a 169-page response. Monday filing's was a defense reply to that government response.

Jurors convicted Blagojevich of wide-ranging corruption in 2011. He's serving his 14-year prison term.

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