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Blagojevich's lawyer goes on tirade over Celebrity Apprentice;Judge doesn't bar bid

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Rod Blagojevich's lawyer lashed out in a fiery diatribe this afternoon after prosecutors complained about his upcoming appearance on "Celebrity Apprentice."
Prosecutors in court said Blagojevich has discussed evidence in the case on TV and has misstated evidence. They didn't ask the judge to bar Blagojevich but raised issues about what the ex-governor might say on TV. U.S. District Judge James Zagel shared those concerns and asked the two sides to talk.
"This is a little mystifying. This is the first time I have ever heard of a
law enforcement official coming into court and saying: "Judge shut the
defendant up,'" Blagojevich's lawyer, Sam Adam Jr. said.
Adam went on a tirade about the government -- at one point bringing up
Guantanamo Bay tactics -- saying prosecutors had their press conference
after Blagojevich's arrest, but are trying to keep him from responding to
their charges.
The remarks came shortly after Zagel said he worried about
confessionals on the reality TV show and whether Blagojevich could complicate his own trial by speaking out of turn.
Zagel said it wasn't his job to worry about Blagojevich implicating himself, but feared the former governor could make remarks that would affect "the administration of the trial."
Zagel told both sides to talk and said nothing of blocking Blago's appearance.
Adam said he'd abide by any ruling, but said it was curious that prosecutors were trying to curb Blagojevich's speech.
"Give me a good, solid reason why a law enforcement official ... would want
him to shut up now," Adam said. "Because he's telling the truth. When he
comes out and says "I didn't do it,' he's telling the truth."
"Be quiet Mr. Blagojevich, you actually have an audience," Adam said,
mimicking the government. "You don't agree with what we've said in this, we
need you to shut up.'"
"We watched all these things that happened down in Guantanamo,"Adam
continued. "We've seen all the things over the years that have happened in
this country ...
Is that what we are left to? When you take an elected official, a governor,
rip him from his family at 6 o'clock in the morning and then say he did all
these things but you can't answer it? Is that really where we are?"

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