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Zagel Will Not Dismiss Blago Charges

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    The federal judge overseeing the Rod Blagojevich corruption trial Monday declined to rule on a motion asking him to cancel the trial and immediately sentence Blagojevich on one count of lying to the FBI.

    Judge James Zagel said he couldn't rule on the "make the trial go away" motion because technically it wasn't presented for his consideration.

    "It looks like something else intended for an audience other than this court," Zagel said. "We don't [dismiss cases] here."

    The prosecution would have to agree to drop the charges against Blagojevich and in essence end the retrial, something they're not willing to do.

    "This particular motion is going to die for want of a second," Zagel said.

    The judge asked the attorneys to return during the second week of April for housekeeping matters related to trial proceedings. Jury selection is slated to begin April 20.