Judge rules on Blago attorney filing
Tue, 20 Dec 2011 11:10:22 GMT —
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 yesterday 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.
Blagojevich's team asked Zagel to investigate whether the jury forewoman violated the judge's orders by possessing a questionnaire from the retrial and using it in at least one public presentation
The motion had sought a new trial if court rules were violated. Attorney Lauren Kaeseberg (KAYS'-berg) said later she would've been remiss by not filing it.
Blagojevich begins his 14-year sentence in March.