The federal judge overseeing the case of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich today slaps down his "blunderbuss" bid for an early return on witness statements -- including a request for a report on the FBI's interview of now-President Obama.
U.S. District Judge James Zagel today noted that a recent motion filed by Blagojevich's lawyers contained no legal citations in its request that the government give them rush copies of witness statements.
"The blunderbuss demand for everything to be turned over sooner than the law allows is not well made," Zagel said, adding:
"The volume of discovery already
produced far exceeds that required by established law."
Zagel makes it plain he is not amused with a recent filing by Blagojevich attorneys, which at one point criticizes the government for securing its witness list as if the defendant were "Tony Soprano" and not the ousted governor of Illinois.
Zagel calls the recent pleading by Blagojevich lawyers: "an assortment of rhetorical flourishes oddly detached from the issues in this case, in one instance invoking the case of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and, in
another, pleading that Defendant needs certain evidence to establish his innocence. This last statement ignores the well-known principle that a defendant does not carry a burden of establishing his innocence; instead, a burden of establishing guilt belongs to the prosecution."
Judge to Blagojevich: Enough of your 'blunderbuss!'
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