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Blagojevich Trial

Ex-Blagojevich, Jackson Fundraiser Arrrested On Fraud Charges

Posted 06.20.2012 | Chicago

A Chicago-area entrepreneur was arrested Wednesday morning by the FBI on a bevy of mail fraud and tax evasion charges. Raghuveer Nayak, former Illi...

Blagojevich's Brother Weighs In On Fitzgerald's Resignation

Posted 05.25.2012 | Chicago

Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich's brother Robert had some harsh words in response to the news that the U.S. Attorney who prosecuted them both...

Any Defiance Could Hurt Blagojevich During Sentencing

AP | By MICHAEL TARM | Posted 12.04.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- As Rod Blagojevich steps before a sentencing judge, the impeached Illinois governor might do well to suppress the cocksure, perpetual campa...

Judge Says Blagojevich Sentencing Could Take 2 Days

Posted 12.02.2011 | Chicago

A federal judge who will decide the fate of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich next week told attorneys Friday that it will likely take two days...

Feds: Blagojevich Should Get 15-20 Years In Prison

AP | NOMAAN MERCHANT | Posted 01.30.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Rod Blagojevich deserves a sentence of 15 to 20 years in prison on his multiple corruption convictions for misusing the power of his o...

Blagojevich Expected To Speak At Sentencing

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 01.07.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich plans to make a statement to the court at his newly scheduled sentencing hearing in December, ...

Why the Blagojevich Verdict Matters

Paul Dailing | Posted 08.28.2011 | Chicago
Paul Dailing

Monday was a good day, even if there are still power plays, shady deals and more money shuffling through Springfield and Chicago each day than through a Vegas casino. A man who thought he was too powerful to be caught was caught.

Blagojevich Jury: Senate Seat Evidence Was Most Clear

AP | KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 08.27.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Jurors who convicted Rod Blagojevich of corruption Monday said it wasn't that they disliked the former Illinois governor. They just di...

Blagojevich GUILTY: Jury Convicts Rod Blagojevich On 17 Of 20 Counts

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 08.27.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- Rod Blagojevich, who won two terms as Illinois governor before scandal made him a national punch line, was convicted Monday of a wide ...

Blagojevich Jury Starts Deliberating In Earnest On Monday

AP | Posted 08.13.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Jurors at the corruption retrial of ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich have adjourned after their second day of deliberations. Cour...

Blagojevich Faces More Questions From Prosecutor

AP | MICHAEL TARM and KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 08.06.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A prosecutor at Rod Blagojevich's corruption retrial sought to methodically discredit the ousted Illinois governor on the witness stan...

Blagojevich Returns To The Stand Friday In Corruption Trial

AP | MICHAEL TARM and KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 07.27.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Rod Blagojevich, testifying Friday for a second day, switched his focus from a virtual monologue about his wholesome youth to describi...

Blagojevich Lawyers Get Day Off Before Mounting Defense

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 07.24.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — In deciding whether to call Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel or other big names to testify, attorneys for ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich have t...

Blagojevich's Attorneys Ask For Mistrial.. Again

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 07.23.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Rod Blagojevich's attorneys asked a judge Monday for a mistrial in the ousted Illinois governor's corruption retrial, arguing that the...

Blagojevich's Former Chief Of Staff Expected To Testify About Obama's Senate Seat

AP | KAREN HAWKINS and MICHAEL TARM | Posted 07.04.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Two years into his second term, then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich was eager to ditch Illinois for a high-paying, high-powered job elsewhere, a...

Blagojevich Retrial To Begin With Jury Questions

AP | MICHAEL TARM and KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 06.20.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Rod Blagojevich's second corruption trial got under way Wednesday with little hoopla, as potential jurors quietly began filling out qu...

Blagojevich Retrial Begins Wednesday, Won't Be Repeat Of The First

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 06.19.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — The same defendant. The same judge. The same courthouse. Even the same carefully coiffed hair. Rod Blagojevich's second corruption tr...

Tired Of Blago Drama? You're Not Alone

AP | By DON BABWIN | Posted 06.17.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- He was fired by Donald Trump, sent his wife to the jungle of Costa Rica to eat a tarantula on a reality show and sat there smiling as the l...

Judge Won't Delay Blagojevich Retrial

AP | Posted 06.14.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A federal judge has denied a request from former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's attorneys to delay his corruption retrial by several ...

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?

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...

Blagojevich Seeks To Toss Wiretaps

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

CHICAGO — Attorneys for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich asked a federal judge on Monday to bar prosecutors from playing any FBI wiretap recordi...

Blagojevich Defense Says Case Is On An 'Unfair Playing Field'

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Attorneys for impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich continued their barrage of pretrial motions with a new one Thursday that asks a ...

Blagojevich Attorneys Claim Rahm Emanuel-Related Evidence Is Missing

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Attorneys for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich have filed a pretrial motion asking a federal judge to order prosecutors to produce...