For the first time since Rod Blagojevich began his mega-media blitz in 2009, federal prosecutors have asked the trial's presiding judge to slap a muzzle on the former governor.
The final straw for prosecutors apparently came yesterday, when the former governor spoke to the media about the testimony of government witness Lon Monk.
Blagojevich said Monk's parents would be ashamed of his lies from the witness stand.
"Rod Blagojevich's efforts to manipulate media coverage to gain favorable attention and thereby to, directly or indirectly, influence the jury, has reached a level that requires court intervention," prosecutors wrote in a filing.
They're asking Judge James Zagel to force Blagojevich and his lawyers to stop offering their opinions about what happened in court.
"This case has attracted extensive media attention, to say the least. In the weeks
immediately preceding the trial, defendant Rod Blagojevich and his counsel, with the
help of a retained public relations firm, have appeared on radio and television shows,
and were quoted in numerous news articles, making statements that ventured into
areas the Court has precluded from being addressed before the jury," prosecutors wrote in a filing.
To read the filing: Click here.>
Zagel said he would take up the issue later.