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Justice Stevens Gives Prosecutors One Week To Respond To Blagojevich Trial Delay Request

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CHICAGO — U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens gave federal prosecutors one week to respond to ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's request to delay his corruption trial.

Stevens on Friday told the government to respond by May 28. The trial of Blagojevich and his brother, Robert Blagojevich, is scheduled to begin June 3.

Rod Blagojevich's lawyers say the high court first should decide whether the federal honest-services fraud law is constitutional, because it's the basis of some of the charges he faces. A decision is expected next month.

Requests to delay the trial already were denied by the trial judge and the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Blagojevich pleaded not guilty to charges that include scheming to sell or trade President Barack Obama's former Senate seat.