Lawyers for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich have asked the judge who presided over his trial to throw out his conviction for lying to the FBI, alleging that a "plethora of errors" led to the jury's guilty verdict on the lone count.
The defense contended prosecutors brought an overly complicated case that confused the jury, then tried to limit his lawyers at every turn. Questioning of witnesses by the ex-governor's lawyers often was stopped by government objections and lectures from U.S. District Judge James Zagel.
"To be sure, the burden was on the government and the defendant had no obligation to put on a case," the defense motion said. "However, the defendant's fundamental right to defend himself through cross-examination was stomped upon by obstructionist (and continuous) objections that were sustained by the Court."