Saturday, October 23, 2010
IMPEACHED & INDICTED BLAGOJEVICH'S TRIAL DELAYED UNTIL TAX DAY, AS WELL --- MEANWHILE, THEY REFUSE TO REMOVE THEMSELVES FROM MY RESIDENCE!!!
Judge grants request to delay Blagojevich retrial
By Michael Tarm
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Posted Oct 22, 2010 @ 07:12 AM
The attorneys who will represent former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich in the retrial of his corruption case, Aaron Goldstein (from left), Lauren Kaeseberg and Sheldon Sorosky, leave federal court Friday, Oct. 1, 2010, after a status hearing.
CHICAGO — A federal judge sided with Rod Blagojevich's lawyers on Friday and agreed to delay the ousted Illinois governor's second corruption trial.
Judge James Zagel switched the trial to April 20, pushing the date back from January, saying he agreed a downsized defense team needed more time to fully prepare.
Zagel said during a Friday status hearing that Blagojevich's lawyers would have to "retool" their defense "in substance, tone and tenure" after jurors deadlocked on most counts during the first trial.
"The defense has more work to do than the government," Zagel said.
A fund the ex-governor tapped to pay more than a dozen attorneys and aides for his first trial is empty, and Zagel ruled earlier that Blagojevich can have just two attorneys and a paralegal.
The two remaining attorneys, Sheldon Sorosky and Aaron Goldstein, aren't as flamboyant as former lead attorney Sam Adam Jr., who is no longer involved in the case.
At his retrial, Blagojevich faces 23 charges, including that he sought to sell or trade President Barack Obama's old U.S. Senate seat for a top job or campaign cash. Jurors at his first 2 1/2-month trial agreed only on one of 24 counts, convicting him of lying to the FBI.
The defense argued that, among other things, it needed time to work up cross-examination strategies, as well as openings and a closings, which Adam delivered at the first trial.
Prosecutor Reid Schar argued against a months-long delay, saying the Blagojevich attorneys should be much further along in preparations since the initial trial only ended in August.
"There's continuity and there's time," he said.
But Sorosky said another complication was that he and other defense attorneys had already put off other trials and have a backlog of clients demanding their attention.
"There were many other clients who were saying, 'The Blagojevich trial is great, but what about my trial,'" Sorosky told Zagel.
The no-nonsense Zagel often ruled against the defense during the first trial, and he had previously sounded skeptical about complaints the defense didn't have enough time to prepare.
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