Rod Blagojevich's defense lawyers filed a bidfor a mistrial, saying that Judge James Zagel's repeated rulings against them have kept them from telling their side of the story.
"Defense counsel has been systematically prevented from engaging in meaningful cross-examination by unwarranted sustaining of objections," Blagojevich's lawyers wrote in the filing. "The result is the deprivation of a fair trial and a mistrial is warranted."
They also complained about Zagel's comments in front of jurors, citing one remark from Zagel: "Don't do that, now we‟re getting into the mind-reading of the prosecution."
"Moreover, by ruling on these "mind reading" objections orally in front of the jury, it sends an inappropriate message to the jury (when only the defense is sustained on these questions)."
Zagel has indeed run a tight ship, upholding objection after objection by the prosecution.
For its part, the defense has not objected often -- so far today just once as a top witness, John Harris, testifies.