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Blagojevich Prosecutors Ask Judge To Bar Defense's Wiretap Argument

AP | Posted 06.12.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Prosecutors in Rod Blagojevich's corruption case have asked a judge to bar defense attorneys from arguing at the former Illinois gover...

Blagojevich's Second Trial Starts on "Spy Wednesday"

Lonna Saunders | Posted 05.28.2011 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

Cameras aren't allowed in federal courtrooms. Even though the U.S. Constitution does guarantee all defendants in criminal trials the right to a public trial. If only a handful can get in, is it really a public trial?

After Blagojevich Media Circus, Juror Names In Barry Bonds Trial Being Withheld

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — When anonymous jurors begin hearing the perjury trial of retired baseball slugger Barry Bonds this week, they can credit their privacy in ...

Judge Refuses To Rule On Blago's Request To Cancel Trial, Says It Isn't Serious

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A federal judge on Monday brushed off a request from former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to cancel his upcoming retrial on political ...

Blagojevich Asks Judge To Cancel Retrial

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich asked a judge Wednesday to cancel his upcoming retrial on political corruption charges and prompt...

Rod Blagojevich Retrial: Pre-Trial Hearing Set

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Prosecutors say they're working on a questionnaire for potential jurors in the retrial of ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Prosecutor Reid Sc...

Judge Refuses To Nullify Blagojevich's Sole Conviction

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A judge in Chicago has denied a motion to nullify the sole conviction of Rod Blagojevich returned by a jury at the ousted Illinois gov...

Blagojevich Defense Lawyers To Leave Case: Judge Decides Today

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A defense team of more than a dozen attorneys and legal aides, who huddled around former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich talking strateg...

Blagojevich's Defense Attorney Clashes With Judge, Could Be Held In Contempt

AP | DON BABWIN and MICHAEL TARM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Two portraits of Illinois' disgraced former governor emerged Tuesday from his corruption trial: An insecure bumbler who talked too muc...

Closing Arguments In Blagojevich Trial Begin Monday: Was He Just Talking?

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — As Rod Blagojevich's attorneys prepare to make their last pitch to jurors, their closing arguments may come down to this: The former I...

Blagojevich Trial: Prosecution Winding Down, Trial Could Be Delayed For One Week

AP | MIKE ROBINSON and MICHAEL TARM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Prosecutors rested their case Tuesday in the corruption trial of Rod Blagojevich, after presenting more than five weeks of testimony f...

Blagojevich: Focus on Sentencing, Not a Retrial

Lonna Saunders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

Let's move forward, US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, and spend the public's limited tax dollars and limited resources on catching some other bad guys. You did what you said you would do.

Blagojevich Retrial Not Until Next Year?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Plenty of people in Illinois -- not least the Democratic politicians running for office in November -- would love for Rod Blagojevich to go away quick...

Judge To Blago: Sit Still And Stop Gesturing During Trial

AP | MIKE ROBINSON and MICHAEL TARM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A federal judge is warning former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to sit still and control his emotions during his corruption trial. Pr...

Blagojevich Trial: Lawyers Face Decision Time On Jury

AP | MIKE ROBINSON and MICHAEL TARM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Federal prosecutors and Rod Blagojevich's attorneys prepared Monday to take the stage for what promises to be a dramatic first act of ...

Jurors As For Witness Transcripts As Deliberations Continue

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

(AP) -- Jurors deliberating for a third day at the corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich have asked if it is possible to receive tr...

Blagojevich Trial: Jury To Begin Deliberations

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — As jurors retired to deliberate Wednesday in the corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, they entered a cocoon of pr...

Blagojevich Exclusive: "If I Get Convicted..."

Lonna Saunders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

"If I get convicted of this, every politician in America should!" That's what former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich told me during a courthouse lunch break.

Blagojevich's Defense Attorney Clashes With Judge, Could Be Held In Contempt

Huffington Post | Janan Hanna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Much like a house of worship, a federal courtroom is steeped in traditional rules of decorum; chief among them an unremitting deference to the judge. ...

Blagojevich Trial: Judge Says Names Of Jurors Will Be Kept Secret

AP | MIKE ROBINSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — The judge presiding over former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's corruption case said Monday that the names of the jurors will be kept ...

WATCH: Blagojevich Lawyers Want Trial Delayed, Say Case Has Been Practically 'Destroyed'

Huffington Post/AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- The pace of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's corruption trial has taken a lot of people by surprise - including, apparently, his own ...

Blagojevich Trial: Bradley Tusk Explains Blago's Attempt To Shakedown Rahm Emanuel

Huffington Post | Janan Hanna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A prosecution witness painted a portrait of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich as someone who rarely went to the office, was oftentimes hard to reach and who...

Witness: Blagojevich Tried To Shakedown Rahm Emanuel, Ari Emanuel

AP | MICHAEL TARM and DON BABWIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A former top aide to Rod Blagojevich testified Monday that the former governor planned to hold up a $2 million grant to a school in th...

Rod Blagojevich Trial: Judge Chides Ex-Governor But Won't Gag Him

AP | MIKE ROBINSON and MICHAEL TARM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Rod Blagojevich's trial judge accused the talkative former governor on Wednesday of making a "backhanded play for sympathy" in comment...

Blagojevich Trial Continues With Ex Gov In High Spirits, Judge Narrows Jury Pool

Huffington Post | Janan Hanna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Lawyers for Rod Blagojevich were unsuccessful Friday in their attempts to get the judge to dismiss a few prospective jurors who suggested during quest...