Blagojevich resentencing can proceed after stay refused

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal court has denied a request by imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich to delay his resentencing while he asks the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his case.

A Monday order from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago denies last week’s request by the Illinois Democrat’s lawyers. The order says resentencing won’t interfere with the high-court appeal.

Blagojevich is serving a 14-year prison term, including for trying to sell President Barack Obama’s old Senate seat.

A three-judge panel overturned five of his corruption convictions in July and ordered his resentencing on the 13 remaining counts. The 7th Circuit earlier refused Blagojevich’s request for a full-court rehearing, so the Supreme Court is his last hope of getting more convictions tossed.

No date has yet been set for resentencing.