Judge allows use of campaign funds for trial

August 14, 2009 (CHICAGO) The $19,695 owed will be used mainly for rent and legal fees. The Friends of Blagojevich campaign fund is being converted into a source of legal defense money for the former governor.

It will pay the lawyers working on Blagojevich's upcoming trial on federal corruption charges.

U.S. District Judge James B. Zagel held a hearing Thursday for what amounted to a housekeeping measure.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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