Joel Bertocchi Quoted in Chicago Tribune Article "Blagojevich Appeals to Supreme Court to Overturn Conviction"

November 18, 2015

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP partner Joel Bertocchi was quoted in the article "Blagojevich Appeals to Supreme Court to Overturn Conviction," which was published in the November 18, 2015, issue of the Chicago Tribune. The article addresses Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's recent petition to the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn his conviction and 14-year prison sentence on various corruption charges.

Mr. Bertocchi notes in the article that Mr. Blagojevich will face challenges getting the attention of the U.S. Supreme Court, which takes up only a small percentage of the petitions it receives. He comments, "[t]he chances are not good for anyone[.] It will get a closer look from among the river of petitions that get filed just because it's a case they've heard of. But most cases that have a good chance have deep conflict across the circuits. ... They're not going to take it just to help Rod Blagojevich."

Mr. Bertocchi — leader of Hinshaw's appellate practice, which achieved a Tier 1 national ranking in the 2015 and 2016 editions of U.S. News – Best Lawyers' "Best Law Firms" — is an experienced civil, criminal and appellate litigator. He has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney investigating and prosecuting federal criminal cases, and also as Illinois Solicitor General. Mr. Bertocchi has litigated in courts ranging from the trial level to the U.S. Supreme Court.

To read the full article "Blagojevich Appeals to Supreme Court to Overturn Conviction," visit the Chicago Tribune website.

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