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Sheldon Sorosky

State Rep. Derrick Smith. (Credit: CBS)

Rep. Smith’s Attorney: Taking Money Not Necessarily A Bribe

“One could certainly accept money as a public official without that acceptance of money being a bribe,” defense attorney Sheldon Sorosky said after Smith pleaded not guilty at an arraignment hearing at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse on Wednesday.

04/16/2014

Cook County Commissioner William Beavers (D-4th)

Beavers Can Tell Jury He Repaid Borrowed Campaign Funds If He Testifies

A 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.

CBS Chicago–11/30/2012

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich (center, blue sport coat) arrives at FCI Englewood, the federal prison in Littleton, Colo., to begin his 14-year sentence for corruption charges. (Credit: CBS)

Former Gov. Blagojevich Reports To Federal Prison

More than three years after being arrested by federal agents while still serving his governor, Rod Blagojevich has reported to the FCI Englewood Correctional Center in Colorado for a 14-year prison sentence.

CBS Chicago–03/15/2012

Rod Blagojevich

Feds: Rod Blagojevich Could Get 30 Years To Life In Prison

Prosecutors are apparently looking to throw the book at convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich – they are estimating that he could get 30 years to life in prison.

CBS Chicago–09/14/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Blagojevich To Testify In His Defense: Source

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich will testify in his own defense at his federal corruption trial, a source tells CBS 2.

CBS Chicago–05/24/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Blagojevich Trial To Resume On Wednesday

Rod Blagojevich’s defense attorneys initially planned to begin calling their first witnesses on Monday, but late Friday afternoon, court officials announced the trial will not resume until Wednesday.

CBS Chicago–05/20/2011

Sam Adam Jr. (Credit: CBS)

Former Lead Attorney Wishes Blago Good Luck

The lead attorney at Rod Blagojevich’s first trial showed up just before proceedings to wish Blago good luck as jury selection continues.

CBS Chicago–04/27/2011

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich speaks about his corruption retrial at his home on April 16, 2011 in Chicago. Blagojevich who was convicted of one count of lying to the FBI in his original trial, faces 20 federal counts at his second trial, including allegations that he tried to sell or trade President Barack Obama's former Senate seat. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Jury Selection Begins For Blago Retrial

As jury selection got underway Thursday in the retrial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, U.S. District Judge James Zagel questioned 22 potential jurors, eventually excusing or dismissing half of them from the jury pool.

CBS Chicago–04/21/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Quiet Start To Second Blagojevich Trial

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.

CBS Chicago–04/20/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Big Changes In Store For Blagojevich Retrial

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s second trial on federal corruption charges begins on Wednesday, but it won’t be a simple repeat of the first trial.

CBS Chicago–04/19/2011

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich speaks about his corruption retrial at his home on April 16, 2011 in Chicago. Blagojevich who was convicted of one count of lying to the FBI in his original trial, faces 20 federal counts at his second trial, including allegations that he tried to sell or trade President Barack Obama's former Senate seat. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Judge Cautions Blagojevich About Media Interviews

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.”

CBS Chicago–04/18/2011

Standing with his attorney Sheldon Sorosky, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich (R) speaks to the press outside his home April 13, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. Blagojevich used the press conference to again proclaim his innocence ahead of his retrial which is scheduled to begin April 20. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Judge Won’t Delay Start Of Blagojevich Retrial

A federal judge on Thursday denied a request from former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s lawyers to push back his retrial on corruption charges by a few weeks.

CBS Chicago–04/14/2011