Prosecutors are challenging the notion that the behavior that landed former Gov. Rod Blagojevich behind bars for corruption was run-of-the-mill political horse-trading. They rebut the claim in an unusually lengthy, 169-page filing. The document is the official reply to the Illinois Democrat's appeal. In their request for a new trial or a sharp reduction in Blagojevich's 14-year sentence, defense lawyers claim the trial judge made errors. In 2011, jurors convicted the 56-year-old of wide-ranging corruption, including for trying to sell or trade the Senate seat Barack Obama vacated to became president. The government's filing says that, ``No matter the price he charges, a public official who sells his office engages in crime, not politics.''
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