Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich has repeatedly said he's looking forward to clearing his name at his trial.
But now he wants that trial to start five months later than scheduled.
Lawyers for the indicted governor made a formal request to continue the June trial to November, saying they've been snowed under by recently turned over evidence and they still await a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
"Simply put, it is not physically possible to properly and adequately prepare for trial by the scheduled trial date," lawyers wrote.
Attorneys say they've been working around the clock but have been snowed under in documents.
They were just handed tens of thousands of pages of grand jury transcripts and FBI reports, which detail statements witnesses made in interviews.
All of that material, however, was turned over months earlier than the government was required to give it up.
Still in question though is when the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down -- or at least redefine -- the honest services statute. The high court has taken up three honest services cases and the legal community is expecting an overhaul to the law.
No one knows when their ruling will come down.
But the court has to rule before its session ends in late June.
Both Rod Blagojevich and his brother, Rob, face some charges involving honest services (defined as depriving someone -- in this case the people of Illinois -- to their "intangible right" to Blago's "honest services.").
In preparation for the high court, federal prosecutors in February re-indicted the brothers, adding new charges for the same underlying conduct.
So now, of the 24 counts against Rod Blagojevich, 13 allege an honest services violation.
For Rob, three of five counts allege honest services.
Lawyers say taking away those counts could change the game dramatically.
U.S. District Judge James Zagel has said in the past he was unlikely to grant much of a trial extension. The U.S. Attorney's office had no comment on the delay request.