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No Gag Order Because Blagojevich Just Repeats Himself, Says Zagel




    Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich has kind words for Judge James Zagel for his decision to not impose a gag order. (Published Thursday, June 24, 2010)

    Rod Blagojevich repeats himself so often that there's no reason to impose a gag order, Judge James Zagel ruled today.

    Speaking with lawyers at the end of Wednesday's session, Zagel said Blagojevich seems to just be saying the same two things over and over: "I'm innocent and all the witnesses are lying."

    In fact, Zagel said, the governor's comments had become so reptitive that "somebody might draw a negative inference if he stops doing it."

    The prosecution sought a gag order last week after both Blagojevich and one of his attorneys, Sam Adam Jr., addressed the media  after court was adjourned for the day. The prosecution contended that those comments amounted to a summation argument.

    Zagel disagreed.

    "If he keeps doing it," Zagel said, "I don't think it's a big deal."