Judge Refuses To Nullify Blagojevich's Conviction

Law360, New York (October 27, 2010, 2:05 PM EDT) -- A federal judge refused on Wednesday to throw out the lone conviction of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, finding that poorly alleged prosecutorial misconduct offered no reason to reject the jury's verdict.

In a two-page ruling, Judge James B. Zagel of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois said Blagojevich and his attorneys opted for the age-old strategy of criticizing the prosecution because they couldn't support an argument for acquittal based on the facts of the case.

“Defendant’s motion is founded in substantial...
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