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Blagojevich attorneys want to delay retrial

Friday, October 22, 2010 | 11:18 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO — Attorneys for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said they want to delay a retrial, which is set for January, by five months to give them more time to prepare.

A motion filed Friday in federal court in Chicago said a drastically reduced number of lawyers on the defense team means they will need until May to get ready for Blagojevich's second trial on corruption charges.

The broke ex-governor must rely on taxpayers to foot his legal bills, and Judge James Zagel has said Blagojevich can have only two attorneys and a paralegal. Blagojevich's attorneys said they had more than a dozen lawyers on the case at the first trial.

Zagel could rule on the matter Friday.

Blagojevich was convicted of lying to the FBI in his first trial, but jurors deadlocked on 23 other counts.

 


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