U.S. District Judge James B. Zagel

Embroiled Cellini Trial Juror Storms Out Of Court, Yells, 'Leave Me Alone!'During as post-trial hearing Friday, a juror in the trial of convicted powerbroker William Cellini stormed out of court, yelling, “Leave me alone!”
Judge Calls Blagojevich's Motion For New Trial 'Hare-Brained'A federal judge angrily scolded a bid by attorneys for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich to get a new trial, calling their motion alleging potential misconduct by the jury forewoman “hare-brained.”
Judge Orders Tribune To Turn Over Notes On Cellini JurorA federal judge has ordered the Chicago Tribune to turn over notes and recordings in a fight over a juror who didn't disclose her criminal record in the trial of convicted Illinois powerbroker William Cellini.
Blagojevich Files Appeal, Says Judge Favored ProsecutorsIn a move that was fully expected, deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich is filing an appeal to overturn his conviction on corruption charges.
Walter's Perspective: Blago Judge Is Choosing SidesIf you’ve been following what news there is about the Blagojevich trial, you must be thinking by now that Blago is going down. Walter Jacobson is thinking that because of how unfair the judge seems to be.
Jurors Hear 'F***ing Golden' Tape In Blagojevich TrialJurors in the corruption retrial of Rod Blagojevich on Tuesday heard the secretly recorded phone conversation in which the former governor calls the U.S. Senate set he is accused of trying to sell “f***ing golden.”
Judge Completes Questioning Jurors For Blago RetrialAfter five days of questioning more than 100 potential jurors, the judge in the corruption retrial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Thursday that there are enough qualified candidates to take the final step of seating a jury on Monday.
Blagojevich Judge: Opening Statements Could Begin MondayThe 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.
Potential Blagojevich Jurors Worried About Impact Of Long TrialAs 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.
Blagojevich Proclaims Innocence As He Heads To CourtDeposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich took another chance to proclaim his innocence Thursday morning, as he headed to court for jury selection in his retrial.
Quiet Start To Second Blagojevich TrialIn 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.
Judge Cautions Blagojevich About Media InterviewsFederal prosecutors accused Rod Blagojevich of "out-and-out fabrications" in recent media interviews, prompting the judge to advise the former governor "to restrain himself."
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