Rod Blagojevich's request for trial delay denied by Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has denied a request by Rod Blagojevich, the ousted Illinois governor, to delay his corruption trial, which is scheduled to start June 3. The decision by Justice John Paul Stevens came shortly after the Obama administration said it opposed Mr. Blagojevich’s request. He had sought a delay until after the justices rule in pending cases about the constitutionality of the federal honest-services fraud law. Prosecutors have charged Mr. Blagojevich with violating the fraud law and other crimes.

The Supreme Court ruled Friday against former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s request to delay his corruption trial, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The trial will begin as scheduled on June 3.

Retiring Justice John Paul Stevens issued the ruling late Friday after the Obama administration opposed the ousted governor’s request, according to the report.