Former Illinois Gov. Blagojevich to attend resentencing via video

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CHICAGO — Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will appear at next month’s resentencing via video from Colorado prison, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Earlier Tuesday attorneys addressed issues surrounding the resentencing of the imprisoned former governor, including whether he would attend the hearing in Chicago in person.

An appeals court ordered the resentencing after tossing five of Blagojevich’s 18 corruption convictions. He has served four years of the original 14-year sentence imposed by U.S. District Judge James Zagel in 2011.

Prosecutors want that sentence preserved. The defense wants it slashed to five years.

Zagel is set to resentence the 59-year-old Blagojevich Aug. 9.

A status hearing was scheduled for Wednesday morning. One of the issues taken up was whether Blagojevich would attend the resentencing in person or participate via video link from federal prison in Colorado.

Information from the Associated Press was included in this report.