Lawyers for former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich filed an appeal just before their midnight deadline on Monday with hopes of having the fallen politician's 14-year sentence reduced.
The more than 100-page filing, which can be seen here (PDF), finds fault with the presiding judge of both Blagojevich trials, Judge James Zagel, arguing that he did not approach the case in a balanced manner and essentially forced the former governor to testify in his second trial.
The appeal also argues that Blagojevich did not do anything illegal, arguing that he did not try to sell President Obama's former Senate seat and was instead engaging in typical politicking.
"The record shows that Blagojevich's proposed exchange was an arm's length political deal, described by Blagojevich as a political 'horse trade,'" reads the appeal, which went on to read that "because the political deal proposed by Blagojevich was a proper and common exchange under our democratic system of government."
Blagojevich has been in a Colorado federal prison for the past 16 months.