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Blagojevich Retrial Takes Extended Break

Posted by wlpo on May 21, 2011

CHICAGO (AP) – Officials at U.S. District Court in Chicago say the corruption retrial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich won’t restart until Wednesday.

Clerk of Court Michael Dobbins released a brief statement Friday afternoon saying there’d be no trial proceedings either Monday or Tuesday. Since testimony got under way at the start of this month, jurors have heard evidence Monday through Thursday – with Fridays off.

Judge James Zagel has said he’ll meet attorneys Monday to begin discussing instructions that’ll eventually be given to jurors when they withdraw to deliberate. That meeting’s still expected to take place. Dobbins’ statement
didn’t say why there’d be no testimony early in the week.

The prosecution rested this week. And the defense is expected to start calling witnesses when the retrial resumes Wednesday morning.

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