Prosecutors Ask Judge to Gag Rod Blagojevich
For the first time since Rod Blagojevich began his mega-media blitz in 2009, federal prosecutors have asked the trial's presiding judge to slap a muzzle on the former governor.
The final straw for prosecutors apparently came yesterday, when the former governor spoke to the media about the testimony of government witness Lon Monk.
Blagojevich said Monk's parents would be ashamed of his lies from the witness stand.
"Rod Blagojevich's efforts to manipulate media coverage to gain favorable attention and thereby to, directly or indirectly, influence the jury, has reached a level that requires court intervention," prosecutors wrote in a filing.
Former "Celebrity Apprentice" star Rod Blagojevich, will still be able to speak his mind, at least for now. The prosecution's attempt to slap a muzzle on the former Illinois governor and his attorneys was not approved by federal judge James Zagel. Instead, Zagel says he wants the two sides to talk, and come to an agreement about what can and should be said about the trial.
A federal judge has turned down a request from federal prosecutors to issue a gag order in the corruption trial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
U.S. District Judge James B. Zagel said he had some concerns about comments Blagojevich and his attorneys made earlier this week, but called a gag order a "last resort" and instead urged the defense to avoid "argument and interpretation" when discussing testimony outside of court.