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Judge James Zagel hasn't slapped a gag order on Rod Blagojevich for his daily blurts outside of court -- yet.

Responding to a prosecution's request to bar Blagojevich from talking, Zagel said an outright ban is a last resort but he already has "significant concerns" about Blagojevich's out of court remarks.

Zagel reviewed a prosecution filing which contained the text of Blagojevich's news conference after court yesterday as well as his lawyer's. Zagel said he was concerned with the remarks, which accused witness Lon Monk of lying.

"It is an appeal to sympathy, which is something you are not permitted to do with the jury," Zagel said. "I do have significant concerns."

Zagel told both sides to "sit down with each other and see if we can have some kind of an agreement as to what somebody might say."

The lawyers in the case are supposed to come up with some kind of proposal on Monday.

"I am pleased that the issue has been raised early. I don't think anything anybody has said now is going to have much of an effect of any kind," Zagel said. "I would be concerned about things that would be said in the last three to four weeks of the trial."

After court Blagojevich said he would refrain from commenting on proceedings.

He did then proceed to take pictures with several people. Included in them: Derrick Moseley, a convicted extortionist. His case was handled in the same building.

Moseley has been attending the trial.

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With Sarah Ostman


Judge James Zagel hasn't slapped a gag order on Rod Blagojevich for his daily blurts outside of court -- yet.

Responding to a prosecution's request to bar Blagojevich from talking, Zagel said an outright ban is a last resort but he already has "significant concerns" about Blagojevich's out of court remarks.

Zagel reviewed a prosecution filing which contained the text of Blagojevich's news conference after court yesterday as well as his lawyer's. Zagel said he was concerned with the remarks, which accused witness Lon Monk of lying.

"It is an appeal to sympathy, which is something you are not permitted to do with the jury," Zagel said. "I do have significant concerns."

Zagel told both sides to "sit down with each other and see if we can have some kind of an agreement as to what somebody might say."

The lawyers in the case are supposed to come up with some kind of proposal on Monday.

"I am pleased that the issue has been raised early. I don't think anything anybody has said now is going to have much of an effect of any kind," Zagel said. "I would be concerned about things that would be said in the last three to four weeks of the trial."

After court Blagojevich said he would refrain from commenting on proceedings.

He did then proceed to take pictures with several people. Included in them: Derrick Moseley, a convicted extortionist. His case was handled in the same building.

Moseley has been attending the trial.

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By JoeSixPack on June 17, 2010 5:31 AM

If Blago wins this case then look forward to the Blago cable network. I'm sure it will be quite entertaining. Reality shows, featuring Patti eating worms, get rich quick schemes, real estate deals, hair styling features and plenty of solicitations to support Blago's Independent Run for President, or BIRP for short. (Call now - operators are standing by). The prime time feature, of course, will be his very own Apprentice show where Blago can play the Mr. Trump role. In the Blago version, the winner will be based upon his or her perceived ability to support BIRP. Ah, I can't wait. I just hope my cable provider will carry it.
By Newfie 63 on June 16, 2010 9:52 PM

Just how many black dresses does Patty have?? Fix yourself up.
By George on June 16, 2010 8:41 PM

The judge should muzzle both of the Adams clown. Perverting the judicial system with word games, outrageous acting before the jury and poor showmanship. Makes that OJ lawhore look like a kitten.
By Kelly1941 on June 16, 2010 8:32 PM

Isn't it remarkable how much Blagojevich looks like Howdy Doody?
By ERROL on June 16, 2010 6:26 PM

Great shot of Patti's exceptionally nice legs. Let's have a lot more of her and a lot less of Rod.
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If Blago wins this case then look forward to the Blago cable network. I'm sure it will be quite entertaining. Reality shows, featuring Patti eating worms, get rich quick schemes, real estate deals, hair styling features and plenty of solicitations to support Blago's Independent Run for President, or BIRP for short. (Call now - operators are standing by). The prime time feature, of course, will be his very own Apprentice show where Blago can play the Mr. Trump role. In the Blago version, the winner will be based upon his or her perceived ability to support BIRP. Ah, I can't wait. I just hope my cable provider will carry it.

Just how many black dresses does Patty have?? Fix yourself up.

The judge should muzzle both of the Adams clown. Perverting the judicial system with word games, outrageous acting before the jury and poor showmanship. Makes that OJ lawhore look like a kitten.

Isn't it remarkable how much Blagojevich looks like Howdy Doody?

Great shot of Patti's exceptionally nice legs. Let's have a lot more of her and a lot less of Rod.

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Blagojevich trial: Onetime Democratic National Committee Finance Chairman takes stand was the previous entry in this blog.

Blagojevich trial: Yesterday's exhibits is the next entry in this blog.

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