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Judge Postpones Blago's Sentencing Date

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    Judge James Zagel on Monday formally postponed Rod Blagojevich's sentencing date.

    The former governor's Oct. 6 date was previously suspected of being pushed back because of a different trial scheduled to begin Oct. 3. Zagel also denied Blagojevich's request for a new trial.

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    No reasons were given for either decision in a brief message from Zagel in the court file.

    Blagojevich's attorneys pushed for a third trial last month, arguing that Zagel stacked the deck in the government's favor, leading to his conviction.

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    Federal prosecutors moved against the retrial. They said Blagojevich deserves his punishment and should keep his appointment with the destiny he created.

    In a 133-page filing, the lawyers for the government say that in asking for a new trial, Blagojevich “disregards what the evidence at trial established and what the jury concluded—that [the] defendant knowingly engaged in a scheme to abuse his power as Governor, in exchange for personal financial gain.”

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    The sentencing date was stricken until further order of the court, according to a message from Zagel.

    Blagojevich was convicted on 17 of 20 corruption counts in his second trial, which ended in June.