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Blagojevich Trial

Judge Bans Rod Blagojevich From Tweeting During Trial

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Rod Blagojevich has been all for letting the public know every detail of his legal woes, and today--just before opening statements begin in his federa...

Blago's Brother Contradicts Rod's Wishes: Wants FBI Tapes Suppressed

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Although ex-governor Rod Blagojevich has generated a constant stream of publicity for himself and his June 3 trial, his co-defendant is much quieter: ...

Blagojevich Trial: Prosecutors Seek To File Crucial Documents In Secret

NBC Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Prosecutors in the upcoming trial of former governor Rod Blagojevich have asked Judge James Zagel to allow them to file a crucial document in secret. ...

Blagojevich Trial: Taxpayers Likely To Help Fund Ex-Governor's Defense

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Rod Blagojevich isn't governor anymore, but Illinois taxpayers are still probably going to have to pick up a portion of his legal tab when he goes on ...

A Bad Day for Politics, but a Good Day for Law

Peter Baugher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Baugher

While there will doubtlessly be spectacle and low points in the Blagojevich trial, which began yesterday, it will remind us that we are all responsible for making our collective enterprise run fairly and honestly.

The Blagojevich Trial: The Sum of Its Parts Is Not Greater Than the Whole

Tamara N. Holder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Tamara N. Holder

The information in this case is overwhelming -- that is why I am shocked that Blagojevich is required to begin trial just a year and a half after his arrest.

Blagojevich Trial: Tony Rezko Not On Prosecution Witness List

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Once a prolific fund-raiser for Rod Blagojevich and Barack Obama, Tony Rezko is one of the most recognizable figures in the Blagojevich legal saga. Y...

Rod Blagojevich Trial: Harry Reid Subpoenaed

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Rod Blagojevich circus has added another ring. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been subpoenaed by the Blagojevich defense team in the ouste...

Blago Confidante Christopher Kelly's Dying Words Before Overdose: 'Tell Them They Won'

Chicago Tribune | John Chase | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

As Christopher Kelly was being treated for a fatal overdose, the political fundraiser who was being pressured to testify against ex- Gov. Rod Blagojev...

Blagojevich Seeks To Have Trial Moved ... To Election Season

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Lawyers for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich are seeking to delay the start of his trial next summer, court records show....

In Blog Comment, Patricia Blagojevich Claims "A Widespread Media Attempt to Make a Fair Trial Impossible"

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Patti Blagojevich is complaining about "the incredible bias of the press in this state" in a blog comment. Wow.

Blagojevich Adds 3 New Lawyers To Defense Team

Chicago Public Radio | Rob Wildeboer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Three more attorneys have been added to former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's defense team....

Blagojevich To Attend Christopher Kelly's Funeral

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Rod and Patti Blagojevich plan to attend the funeral of the former governor's close friend and aide on Wednesday. Christopher Kelly, 51, died Saturda...

Blago Friend Christopher Kelly Took Rat Poison, But Killed By Aspirin: Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times | MARK J. KONKOL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chris Kelly ingested rat poison and an "extraordinarily large dose of aspirin," a source told the Chicago Sun-Times....

Blagojevich Wiretaps To Remain Sealed: Judge

Chicago Tribune | Jeff Coen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The federal judge overseeing the corruption case against former Gov. Rod Blagojevich has formally denied a request by news media to open all sealed do...

Blago Bracketted

Shawn Healy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Shawn Healy

Obama's straight and narrow contrasts with Blagojevich's down and dirty, and it is no wonder that one man sits in the White House while the other awaits a federal home of a different variety.

Another Blagojevich Lawyer Jumps Ship

Chicago Sun-Times | NATASHA KORECKI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

It was just last month that Chicago lawyer Giel Stein joined Rod Blagojevich's defense team....

Facing Jail And Foreclosure, Blagojevich Confidante Christopher Kelly May Flip

Chicago Sun-Times | NATASHA KORECKI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Longtime Blago adviser, fund-raiser and friend Christopher Kelly, who has been in the government's sights for years, may roll....

Blagojevich Jury May Be Kept Anonymous To Avoid Pressure

Chicago Public Radio | Rob Wildeboer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The judge hearing the case of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich says he may want the jury to remain anonymous throughout the trial....

Blagojevich Lands R. Kelly's Lawyers

Chicago Sun-Times | Natasha Korecki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The theatrical father-and-son team Sam Adam and Sam Adam Jr., best known for defending R. Kelly, told me today they are officially on board Blago's ca...

Evidence Against Blagojevich Includes 1 Million Documents, 400 Hours Of Recordings

Chicago Sun-Times | Natasha Korecki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Prosecutors have turned over to Rod Blagojevich's lawyers 400 hours of recorded calls and at least 1 million pages of documents they say are evidence ...

Blagojevich On "Today" Show: Judge Saved Me From Eating Bugs (WATCH)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

UPDATED Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich appeared on NBC's "Today" Show Thursday in his first interview since a federal judge denied him permission to tra...

Blagojevich Sneaks Out Back Door To Get To Court, Tells Reporters 'I'm Innocent' (WATCH)

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Impeached former Gov. Rod Blagojevich pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges Tuesday. His brother, Robert, also pleaded not guilty. Blagoje...

Blagojevich Loses His Lawyer, Again

Chicago Tribune | Jeff Coen and John Chase | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Blagojevich lost a leading criminal-defense lawyer for the second time since his December arrest, as veteran attorney Terence Gillespie said he was bo...

BLAGOJEVICH STATEMENT ON INDICTMENT: I AM INNOCENT

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich again declared his innocence in a statement released by his publicist in response to the sweeping, 19-count indictment on ...