Judge: Blago trial to start in June

July 21, 2010 9:35:05 AM PDT
A federal judge denied a request for a delay in the corruption trial of former governor Rod Blagojevich. Lawyers for Blagojevich wanted the delay to see how the Supreme Court would rule on three other cases they said will be a key part of their defense against the charges. The judge denied the request and said the trial will begin in June as scheduled.

Judge James Zagel said he may postpone the start of the trial, but not until September.

"Should there be a Supreme Court decision which affects some of the legal theories of this case it certainly would be foolish to begin something and then have to stop it," said Sheldon Sorosky, Blagojevich's attorney.

Also on Monday, Judge Zagel decided businessman William Cellini will have a separate trial.

A lawyer for the former governor's brother, Robert, said he would also file a motion for a separate trial.


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