Judge James Zagel

Blagojevich Appeal Hearing Focuses On What's Legal PoliticsBlagojevich's attorneys want the court to toss his corruption convictions or at least agree to slash years off his 14-year prison term, which is one of the longest ever imposed for political corruption in a state where four of the last seven governors have ended up in prison.
Blagojevich Defense Team Files Final Brief On AppealRod Blagojevich's lawyers laid out a final set of arguments in writing before they step before appellate judges next week to argue that the imprisoned ex-governor deserves a new trial.
Judge Denies Beavers' Bid To Stay Out Of Jail Pending AppealA federal judge has denied former Cook County Commissioner William Beavers' request to remain free on bond while he appeals his conviction on tax evasion charges.
Judge Issues Gag Order After Beavers' Attorneys Claim Jury Pool 'Rigged'Sam Adam Jr., an attorney for William Beavers, angrily told reporters Tuesday that he was "outraged" there were no black men in the 50-person jury pool. He suggested its composition was somehow fixed in advance. Beavers is black.
Beavers' Jury Pool Has No Black Men; Defense Team FuriousAt worse than 100 to 1, the odds of a randomly-selected jury pool in Chicago containing not a single black man might make even the most compulsive gambler cringe.
Judge: Prosecutors Can Mention Beavers' 2005 Taxes At TrialJudge James Zagel says prosecutors can broach a 2005 return that included a letter in which Beavers acknowledges $43,000 in campaign money as income. Zagel says it goes to prosecutors' argument that Beavers understood the requirement to report such money.
Beavers' Tax Evasion Trial Delayed Again, Until MarchA federal judge has set another new date for a Chicago politician's tax-evasion trial.
Beavers Can Tell Jury He Repaid Borrowed Campaign Funds If He TestifiesA federal judge has barred Cook County Commissioner William Beavers from telling jurors at his tax evasion trial that he repaid campaign funds he borrowed after he learned of a federal investigation, unless Beavers takes the stand.
Judge: Beavers Can't Tell Jury He Refused Request To Wear A WireA federal judge said Thursday that Cook County Commissioner William Beavers can't tell the jury at his upcoming tax evasion trial that he shot down a request from federal prosecutors to wear a wire as part of an investigation of another prominent Chicago politician.
Judge Won't Reverse Shakedown Conviction Of Powerbroker CelliniA federal judge Thursday denied one-time political power broker William Cellini’s latest bid for a new trial.
Blagojevich's Former Top Aide Gets 10 Days In JailThe man who was Rod Blagojevich's chief of staff when the former governor was arrested for trying to sell a U.S. Senate seat has been sentenced to 10 days in jail for his role in Blagojevich's corruption case.
Blagojevich's Former Top Aide Seeking Probation At SentencingA day after former Gov. Rod Blagojevich reports to prison to begin his 14-year sentence on corruption charges next week, his former chief of staff will be in front of a federal judge, making his plea for leniency for his role in the Blagojevich case.