James Zagel

Rod Blagojevich
10:39 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Judge slams Blago lawyer for 'harebrained' motion

Former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated 1:48 p.m., then 2:16 p.m.

A federal judge has denied what he called a "harebrained" motion by Rod Blagojevich's lawyers over what they claimed was potential misconduct by the forewoman at his corruption retrial.

Judge James Zagel threatened Monday to sanction the attorney who drafted the motion for the impeached Illinois governor, who was convicted of charges including that he tried to sell President Barack Obama's old Senate seat.

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Rod Blagojevich
3:43 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Lawyer asks judge to endorse Blagojevich for rehab

Former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Rod Blagojevich's attorneys have asked to have him placed in a drug rehab program when he starts his 14-year prison sentence. They aren't saying if the former Illinois governor has a problem or if it's a legal move.

A judge agreed Tuesday to recommend Blagojevich for the program. Federal prison officials have the final say.

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Developing: Blagojevich sentenced
12:36 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

Former Ill. Gov. Blagojevich sentenced to 14 years in prison for corruption

Former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich greets students at Illinois State University in 2007. Judge James Zagel sentenced him to 14 years in federal prison today for corruption.
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This is a developing story - check back for updates.

Updated 12:49 p.m. with more on Judge Zagel's remarks, 1:19 p.m. with more detailed quotes, 2:01 p.m. with Blagojevich's reaction

Former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been sentenced to 14 years in federal prison - becoming the fourth Illinois governor in 40 years to be sent to prison.

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Blago trial
3:21 pm
Thu April 14, 2011

Trial of ex-governor Blagojevich to start as scheduled

Rod Blagojevich signs autographs at Illinois State University in 2006. A judge today ruled that his second corruption trial will start next Wednesday as schedulded.
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The federal judge for Rod Blagojevich's second corruption trial almost immediately refused a request from the former governor's lawyers this morning to delay by several weeks the opening of the proceedings

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