Supreme Court nears decision on Blagojevich appeal

CHICAGO (AP) — Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich could soon learn whether the U.S. Supreme Court will hear an appeal of his corruption convictions that led to a 14-year prison sentence and included an attempt to sell an appointment to President Barack Obama’s old Senate seat.

The 59-year-old Democrat had five of his of his 18 convictions thrown out in July 2015 and has asked the high court to overturn the remaining ones.

The Chicago Tribune (trib.in/1q9oMzd ) reports that the Supreme Court justices deliberated Blagojevich’s petition Friday as part of their weekly case conference.

The court typically issues orders on the Monday after the conference in which it lists any petitions it chooses to consider.

Decisions to not consider such petitions are usually noted without explanation.