Judge in Rod Blagojevich Trial Turns Down Last-Minute Request for Delay by Defense

A federal judge in Chicago has turned down a last-minute request from former Illinois Gov.

Rod Blagojevich's attorneys to delay his corruption trial.

U.S. District Judge James Zagel had already turned down earlier motions to delay the racketeering and fraud trial, in which the former governor is accused of trying to sell President Barack Obama's former Senate seat. He has pleaded not guilty.

Blagojevich's lawyers said they haven't had time to prepare. They say they've been swamped by as many as 9 million pages of documents, 270 hours of tapes and summaries of interviews with more than 700 people.

Zagel told lawyers to be ready to start picking a jury Thursday. Potential jurors were already in the courthouse filling out questionnaires.