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Prosecutors respond to new Blagojevich argument

CHICAGO (AP) -

Prosecutors have responded to a new argument that former Gov. Rod Blagojevich submitted this week to a federal court considering his appeal.

Friday's filing counters defense claims that a recent Supreme Court decision bolsters the case for overturning the imprisoned Illinois Democrat's corruption convictions.

Blagojevich's lawyers say an April ruling by the high court found that soliciting contributions is corruption only when a politician makes explicit promises to take official action for a donation.

But prosecutors say that's a misreading of the ruling in McCutcheon v. the Federal Election Commission. They say the high court didn't conclude an exchange had to be explicitly stated to constitute corruption.

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago has been considering Blagojevich's appeal more than six months. It's unclear when they'll rule.

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