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Friday, Dec 13, 2013 at 11:50 AM
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By Michael Tarm/ Phil Rogers

Judges Hear Arguments in Blagojevich Appeal

Judges Hear Arguments in Blagojevich Appeal

Imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will on Friday get what will likely be his last chance to win his freedom as a three-judge federal panel hears oral arguments in his appeal. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013 at 8:55 AM
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By Phil Rogers

Lawyers Outline Case for Blagojevich Appeal

Lawyers Outline Case for Blagojevich Appeal

Declaring that the evidence presented at his trial was insufficient to support a conviction, lawyers representing convicted former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich laid out their case one final time Monday... Read »

Tuesday, Dec 6, 2011 at 11:43 AM
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By Phil Rogers
      

Blagojevich Sentencing Begins

It's fourth and long for Rod Blagojevich. Bottom of the 9th, nobody on. The politician who once enjoyed landslide victories, now preparing to stand alone in the well of a federal courtroom, where a federal judge... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 5, 2011 at 11:34 AM
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By Phil Rogers

Blago Attorneys Take First Step to Appeal

Blago Attorneys Take First Step to Appeal
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The Blagojevich legal team filed a motion Tuesday with Judge James Zagel, asking that the completed juror questionnaires be preserved. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 7, 2011 at 5:43 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Blagojevich Testimony: Day 7 Play-by-Play

Blagojevich Testimony: Day 7 Play-by-Play
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Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich takes the stand for another day of cross-examination. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 1, 2011 at 11:55 AM
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By Lisa Balde

What Blago, Obama and Hillary Clinton Have in Common

What Blago, Obama and Hillary Clinton Have in Common

During an "offer of proof" without the jury present, Rod Blagojevich said he believed his actions were legal. He said he was familiar with numerous, well-known "horse trades" from America's past, including... Read »

Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 2:17 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Judge Zagel Shows Support for Blago Testimony

Judge Zagel Shows Support for Blago Testimony

"This is the chance for him to tell his story," Zagel said when prosecutors objected to Blagojevich's long-winded answers. Read »

Monday, May 23, 2011 at 9:26 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Blago Journal: Will He or Won't He?

Blago Journal: Will He or Won't He?
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The question of the week: Will Rod Blagojevich take the stand? Judge Zagel and attorneys return to court Monday to hammer out a few details. Read »

Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 7:13 AM
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By Phil Rogers

Who Will Testify in Blago's Defense?

Who Will Testify in Blago's Defense?
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Defense lawyer Sheldon Sorosky remained coy Wednesday about whether the former governor will take the stand. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011 at 11:08 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Bonds Jurors Kept Anonymous Thanks to Blago

Bonds Jurors Kept Anonymous Thanks to Blago
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Blagojevich's case was cited for why jurors' names in Barry Bonds' trial should stay secret. Read »

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