Federal Appeals Court Denies Rod Blagojevich's Request for Trial Delay

The 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has denied a motion from former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich to have his corruption trial postponed.

Blagojevich's lawyers had sought to delay the June 3 trial until after a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court about the constitutionality of the honest services law.

The judge presiding over Blagojevich's trial, U.S. District Judge James Zagel, previously rejected a request from defense lawyers to begin proceedings in November so they could have more time to study new evidence and the implications of the high court ruling expected next month.

Anyone who reads this column knows I'll never be labeled a Blago friend, fan or bleeding heart in his behalf. And yet there is something wrong, in my view, with the U.S. attorney's office trying to have it both ways.

— Carol Marin, Chicago Sun-Times Columnist

A federal appeals court has turned down former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's latest request to delay his corruption trial.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday it has no jurisdiction to delay the trial set to get under way June 3.

Defense attorneys want the trial put on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court resolves challenges to a federal statute that forms the basis for a number of charges Blagojevich faces.

U.S. District Judge James B. Zagel had already twice refused to grant a delay.

Defense attorney Sam Adam has said he's prepared to go to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Blagojevich has pleaded not guilty to charges he schemed to use his power as governor to make appointments by selling or trading President Barack Obama's former U.S. Senate seat.