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Blago Defense Files for Another Mistrial

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    Attorneys for former governor Rod Blagojevich have filed still another motion for a mistrial, as the proceedings against him enter their second month.

    In a motion filed overnight, attorney Sam Adam argues that the defense was denied the right to engage in "meaningful cross examination" of FBI agent Patrick Murphy who testified yesterday.

    Previous mistrial demands have been "filed and entered" by Judge James Zagel, meaning the court takes note of them, but that testimony will continue.

    Out of the presence of the jury, Judge James Zagel denied two defense motions for mistrial. 

    In doing so, he told the Blagojevich lawyers that some of their lines of cross examination were a "needless waste of time."