None of the defendants was in court for Tuesday's proceeding.
After Tuesday's hearing, Blagojevich attorney, Sam Adam Jr., told reporters his client's former adviser and fundraiser still plays an important part in the case. "Chris Kelly's voice will speak louder from the grave," Adam said. Adam went on to say that Kelly is on the record saying Blagojevich has done nothing wrong.
Mr. Kelly's attorney Michael Monico did not appear on behalf of his late client. Monico, who has not spoken publicly about Kelly since the suicide stunned both the government and defense teams, told ABC7 last week that he was remaining silent upon the request of Kelly's family.
Also during the hearing, Judge Zagel approved the defense team's request to hire 3 "less senior" attorneys to help prepare for the June 3 trial.
The case is scheduled back in court November 16.