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Judge berates Blagojevich lawyer for juror motion

Posted by wlpo on December 19, 2011

CHICAGO (AP) – A federal judge has denied what he called a “harebrained” motion by Rod Blagojevich’s lawyers over what they claimed was potential misconduct by the foreman at his corruption retrial.

Judge James Zagel threatened Monday to sanction the attorney who drafted the motion for the impeached Illinois governor, who was convicted of charges including that he tried to sell President Barack Obama’s old Senate seat.

Blagojevich’s team asked Zagel to investigate whether the jury foreman violated the judge’s orders by possessing a questionnaire from the retrial and using it in at least one public presentation.

The motion had sought a new trial if court rules were violated. Attorney Lauren Kaeseberg (KAYS’-berg) said later she would’ve been remiss by not filing it.

Blagojevich begins his 14-year sentence in March.

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