A former top aide to Rod Blagojevich testified on Tuesday that the deposed governor asked him what he could get for himself in exchange for appointing a U.S. Senator about a month before Barack Obama was elected president in 2008 and vacated his Senate seat.
Federal prosecutors said Monday that Rod Blagojevich “sold out” the trust of Illinois voters by repeatedly trying to line his own pockets through his power as governor, but – borrowing from Shakespeare – the former governor’s lawyer said the government’s case was “a tale of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”
The judge in the retrial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Tuesday that it appears opening statements could begin on Monday, while attorneys wrap up jury selection this week.
As former Gov. Rod Blagojevich sat through the second day of jury selection for his retrial on federal corruption charges, many prospective jurors were expressing concern that serving on an extended trial could cost them their jobs, or in some cases, their homes.
Deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich took another chance to proclaim his innocence Thursday morning, as he headed to court for jury selection in his retrial.
In stark contrast to the first trial, the first day of former Rod. Blagojevich’s retrial started quietly on Wednesday at the Dirksen Federal Building, with all of the action taking place behind closed doors.
Federal prosecutors accused Rod Blagojevich of “out-and-out fabrications” in recent media interviews, prompting the judge to advise the former governor “to restrain himself.”
Deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich won’t say whether he intends to testify at his re-trial, which begins in just over two weeks.
Imprisoned former Gov. George Ryan was confident, combative and sometimes funny during a deposition in prison a year ago.
A judge said Monday that he does not believe a motion by deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich to call off his retrial is serious, and so he declined to rule formally on it.
Deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich hit the radio again this morning, for the first time since last year.
Wisconsin lawmakers have approved a controversial measure to strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from the state’s public employees and Gov. Scott Walker says he’ll sign it as soon as possible.
A war of words between Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has heated up, as Christie called Quinn “a disaster” and Quinn’s office criticized New Jersey’s dismal record of creating jobs.
Deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich has asked a judge if he may leave the country before the start of his second trial next month.
Democratic Wisconsin senators are still hiding out in Illinois, as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker prepares to present a budget that strips collective bargaining rights from most public employees.
Federal prosecutors are moving for the dismissal of several charges against deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Attorneys for deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich will ask a judge today to toss out FBI wiretap evidence in the governor’s retrial, including the most infamous wiretap of all.
A new early-morning motion was filed today by attorneys for deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich, asking to have a court-ordered seal on all evidence lifted.
Attorneys for deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich filed another motion Monday in advance of his new trial – this latest one asking a judge to let them play around 100 excerpts of secret FBI recordings at the trial.
Attorneys for deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich filed a motion early Tuesday morning, demanding the release of a recorded phone conversation when then-White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.