Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich
11:08 am
Tue July 26, 2011

Blagojevich asks for new trial citing judicial bias

Former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Blagojevich was convicted of 17 out of 20 counts in his corruption retrial last month, and is now asking for a new trial, citing judicial bias.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated 1:14 p.m.

Impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich claims he never would have testified at his recent corruption trial had he known the judge would stop him from making certain statements.

Blagojevich made the assertion in an affidavit tagged at the end of a 158-page motion for a new trial filed this week.

He testified for seven days at his retrial. Jurors later convicted him on 17 corruption counts.

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Blagojevich trial
8:00 am
Tue July 5, 2011

Blagojevich to seek mistrial, unlikely to succeed

Former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Blagojevich was convicted of 17 out of 20 counts in his corruption retrial.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Reporting by WBEZ’s Robert Wildeboer used in this report.

Within the next few weeks, attorneys for ousted Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich will be asking Judge James Zagel for a mistrial. That’s unlikely to succeed, which means they’ll move on to a higher court. Still, Blagojevich’s testimony could cause problems for an appeal.

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Rod Blagojevich
12:26 pm
Mon June 27, 2011

Blagojevich guilty on 17 of 20 counts in corruption retrial

Former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
(UPI)

Updated 2:24 p.m. with verdict information:

A jury has convicted Rod Blagojevich of nearly all the corruption charges against him, including trying to sell or trade President Barack Obama's old Senate seat.

(See full list of charges and verdicts below with details)

Jurors delivered their verdicts Monday after deliberating nine days.

Blagojevich had faced 20 charges, including the Senate seat allegation and that he schemed to shake down executives for campaign donations. He was convicted on all charges regarding the Senate seat.

He testified for seven days, denying wrongdoing. Prosecutors said he lied and the proof was on FBI wiretaps. Those included a widely parodied clip in which Blagojevich calls the Senate opportunity "f------ golden."

Jurors in his first trial deadlocked on all but one charge, convicting Blagojevich of lying to the FBI.

Blagojevich already faces up to five years for the lying conviction.

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Morning News Round-up
9:48 am
Wed June 8, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Busch Stadium, the home playing field of the St. Louis Cardinals.The Cardinals and the Kansas City Royals will team up for an interleague series to help raise money for tornado recovery efforts in Joplin, Mo.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Good morning! Here are some of today's starting headlines:

Cardinals, Royals to team up for series to benefit Joplin recovery

The St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals will be teaming up to help raise money for tornado recovery efforts in Joplin, Mo. Missouri's two Major League Baseball teams are to meet for an interleague series June 17-19 in St. Louis.

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Morning round-up
9:36 am
Tue May 31, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Illinois State Capitol
Flickr/ jglazer75

Ill. General Assembly Approves Budget

Schools are traditionally an area Illinois legislators have left untouched when they're looking to cut spending. But the budget the General Assembly approved Monday night gives 3 percent less to education for the coming year that begins in July.

Overall cuts are wide ranging and total $2.3 billion less than what Gov. Pat Quinn proposed  in Feb. That was enough for Republicans in the House, but the Senate GOP says it's still too rich.

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Morning round-up
9:21 am
Fri April 22, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, April 22, 2011

Vernon Collins
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department

Two Inmates Escape from St. Louis Justice Center

St. Louis police continue to search for two jail inmates that escaped from the St. Louis Justice Center located at 200 S. Tucker Blvd this morning. Police say 34-year-old Vernon Collins and 33-year-old David White escaped shortly before 7 a.m. and are wearing white t-shirts and shorts and white tennis shoes.

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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.
(via Flickr/soundfromwayout)

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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Morning round-up
9:26 am
Mon February 21, 2011

Morning headlines: Attorneys for Blagojevich ask judge to throw out wiretap recordings, Drew Bauer dies, hiring by Mo. state agencies increases

Attorneys for former Governor Rod Blagojevich are asking a judge to throw out secret wiretap recordings. (Flickr/soundfromwayout )
  • Attorneys for Rod Blagojevich are asking a judge to throw out secret wiretap recordings made of the former Illinois governor in 2008, claiming there are gaps in the tapes. Defense attorneys say the gaps may contain context needed to understand the conversations. In their motion filed early today, they asked a judge to prevent jurors from hearing any wiretaps. Blagojevich faces an April 20 retrial on 23 charges, including that the impeached governor tried to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat.
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