Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's trial will not be delayed by several weeks as his attorneys had asked today.
U.S. District Judge James Zagel swiftly denied the bid to delay the trial during a hearing today, which they said they needed because they have been busy sorting out legal issues over the last several weeks.
After court, Blagojevich attorney Sheldon Sorosky would not say whether the former governor would take the stand this time around or whether jurors would be promised they'd hear from Blagojevich during opening statements.
"I don't think any good lawyer can make that decision until the government rests," Sorosky said.
During the first trial, Blagojevich's attorney, Sam Adam Jr. had promised jurors his client would take the witness stand. Blagojevich then did not take the stand and did not call any witnesses or play recordings in his defense.
Also today, Sorosky complained about some of the government's evidence at trial that sought to show Blagojevich's lavish spending on nice suits. Sorosky wants to ask the witnesses whether it's illegal to spend lavishly. But Zagel had a different suggestion: he'd tell the government to curb some of that evidence if the defense wanted.
Prosecutor Reid Schar said the evidence was offered to show that Blagojevich was "spending his money more recklessly" and that's why he needed money later.
An analysis of Blagojevich's credit card bills showed he spent more on suits than any other expenditure in his household.