Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers

Judge Kicks Out Jury, Yells at Blago

Email
|
Print

    NEWSLETTERS

    Judge James Zagel has been frustrated with Rod Blagojevich's trial antics before, but part of Wednesday's testimony was the last straw.

    Zagel, clearly angry, had jurors removed just after noon and scolded the former governor for trying to sneak in "entirely inappropriate" testimony.

    While on the witness stand, Blagojevich suggested the government had removed words from transcripts that would help his case.

    Zagel stopped the testimony and had the jury removed.  

    "This is a back door effort by Blagojevich to raise something he can't raise ... so he smuggles them in," Zagel said.

    The judge ordered Blagojevich not to refer to something deleted in front of the jury or make it appear the government eliminated favorable evidence.

    "He's going to obey my order and never refer to the asterisk again," Zagel says, very angry.