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Blagojevich Lawyers Demand Mistrial



    FILE - In this June 8, 2010 file photo, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, left, arrives at the Federal Court building with his wife Patti, for his federal corruption trial in Chicago. A defense theme at Blagojevich's racketeering and fraud trial is that he simply didn't know what was going on all around him. Experts say that strategy can work with juries but also present tricky problems. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)whitake

    Attorneys for former governor Rod Blagojevich demanded a mistrial this morning, citing last week's Supreme Court ruling striking down portions of the so-called Honest Services statute.

    The lawyers say in their motion that not only should the honest services counts against Blagojevich be thrown out, but the entire case should now be halted, because a defendant has a right to know the charges he is facing before trial.

    Last week, judge James Zagel declared from the bench that his own cursory reading of the high court's decision indicated it would have little, if any, impact on the former governor's case.