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Blagojevich's Attorneys Back in Court



    Blagojevich's Attorneys Back in Court
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    Rod Blagojevich's attorneys return to court Monday morning for a status hearing in the impeached governor's retrial.

    There's no telling which if any of several defense motions could be discussed, but Judge James Zagel may decide whether to grant a request to cancel the April 20 retrial altogether.

    Earlier this month, attorneys cited the former governor's mounting debt in a motion asking Zagel to sentence Blagojevich right away on the conviction from his first trial.

    "Should this motion be granted, and preparation for retrial is no longer required, funds for the second trial would no longer be necessary," the motion states.

    The former governor faces a maximum five-year prison sentence for the conviction of lying to the FBI.

    Legal sources told NBCChicago that it's very unlikely Zagel would accept the request, but Blagojevich had his own opinion on that in a Sunday television appearance.

    "What a bad use of taxpayer money," Blagojevich said on "Geraldo at Large" on the Fox News Channel. "There are criminals out there, there are terrorists out there, there are corrupt politicians out there that they should pursue. And someone ought to pursue these people who did this to me." 

    The retrial would look at the deadlock charges including whether or not Blagojevich tried to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama's old U.S. Senate seat for a top job or campaign cash.

    The status hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday.