Blagojevich files for mistrial

June 9, 2011 (CHICAGO)

In the court filing Thursday, Blagojevich attorney stated that because prosecutors complained about the increasing number of mistrial filings, the defense was filing an all-encompassing mistrial request, which lists numerous grievances.

"This motion is not an exhaustive list of every error and impropriety, and defense counsel expressly does not waive any issue not specifically raised within this motion," the motion states.

The motion states that defense attorneys believe the court has acted biased and prevented them from putting on a fair defense.

"The Court has formed a closed mind on the evidence, and has invaded the province of the jury. The jury should be given the opportunity to hear the facts and decide what facts they find credible," the motion states.

Prosecutors resumed their closing arguments Thursday. Government attorney Carrie Hamilton began addressing the panel Wednesday, and used less than half of the four hours the judge has allotted to each side for closing arguments.

"The defendant lied to you under oath in this courtroom," she said, countering Blagojevich's own first words to jurors that he was there "to tell you the truth."

She also referred back to oaths that Blagojevich took as governor that he would fulfill his duties honestly and according to the law.

Blagojevich, 54, faces 20 counts, including attempted extortion and conspiracy to commit bribery. The most serious allegation is that he sought to sell or trade President Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat. He's also accused of trying to shake down executives by threatening state decisions that would hurt their businesses.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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