Ex-governor Rod Blagojevich is scheduled to appear in Chicago Wednesday morning for his arraignment on a new charges returned last week by a federal grand jury. On Thursday, Blagojevich was hit with an additional eight charges in a new indictment designed to withstand an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision on the honest services statute. The high court is poised to overhaul the honest services law, which made up the bulk of the original charges against Blagojevich and his brother, Robert.
Court security is already preparing for what's likely to be another mob scene outside the downtown federal courthouse in Chicago when the former governor is expected --as of now -- to appear at 11 a.m. Wednesday, said Acting U.S. Marshal John O'Malley.
Deputy marshals are arranging for a controlled entry for Blagojevich, who has gained national fame, including for his upcoming appearance on "Celebrity Apprentice."
Robert Blagojevich as well as former Blagojevich chief of staff John Harris and lobbyist friend Lon Monk, will likely be arraigned on another date.