Judge warns Rod Blagojevich to use caution when speaking to media
Online Staff Report
While he did not issue a gag order, the Chicago judge in Rod Blagojevich’s corruption retrial sternly warned the impeached governor Monday to be cautious about what he says to the media.
Judge James Zagel gave the warning two days before Blagojevich’s trial is slated to start.
Officials said the warning was at the request of prosecutors who have been noting Blagojevich’s claims that the government is attempting to sabotage his defense by manipulating evidence against him.
Zagel ordered defense lawyers to consider the warning a “red flag.”
Blagojevich stands accused of 20 crimes, including the alleged attempt to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama when he became President of the United States.
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