Blagojevich Seeks Mistrial Over Cross-Examination

Law360, New York (May 23, 2011, 1:39 PM EDT) -- Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich asked a federal judge on Monday for a mistrial, claiming the judge tied his attorneys' hands by denying certain lines of questioning during cross-examinations of government witnesses.

Blagojevich argued that U.S. District Judge James B. Zagel prevented defense attorneys from asking "meaningful questions" and "decimated" the presumption of innocence.

"There exists a pervasive and troubling pattern in this case whereby the defense is being restrained on cross-examination in such a manner to deprive Blagojevich of the right to confront witnesses, effective...
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