Rod Blagojevich, who has been uncharacteristically quiet, will make a statement from in front of his Ravenswood Manor home today at 5 p.m.
Is this a surprise announcement that he will find a way to circumvent his trial, like, by offering some kind of guilty plea?
"No, absolutely not," said his lawyer, Sheldon Sorosky. "The man truly feels that he is innocent."
The event is scheduled from 5:03 p.m. to 5:06 p.m., presumably in the hopes that TV will carry his statement live.
It is not a news conference. That means Blagojevich can say what he wants live (to the ears of a listening jury pool) but then won't take any questions.
Blagojevich's retrial starts next week, Wednesday, with jury selection. He has a hearing in court tomorrow.
Sorosky said Blagojevich might talk about some recent legal rulings involving Children's Memorial Hospital and a racetrack scheme. The defense is disputing how the prosecution wants to present that evidence.
Another clue might be this recently filed motion by defense lawyers: "SEALED MOTION by Rod Blagojevich Objections to the Government's Original Proposed Redactions in Recordings Offered for Admission."
Blagojevich has often portrayed the government as trying to keep him from showing exonerating evidence --including recordings -- to jurors.
Anticipating this move, prosecutors filed a motion this week asking the judge to bar lawyers from making that argument to jurors.
But that wouldn't keep Blagojevich from saying it outside the courtroom.
Blagojevich did something similar just before last year's trial, when he all but challenged U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald to a fist-fight.
A press release from Blagojevich's publicist also includes this below:
On April 12, news media outlet the Chicago Tribune filed a motion challenging the "Wholesale Filing of Pleadings Under Seal" to exercise its First Amendment and common law rights to gain access to Sealed Pleadings.
-Download Chicago Tribune motion www.prnewschannel.com/pdf/Media_Motion_re_Sealed_Filings_4-12-11.pdf
On April 11, Federal prosecutors filed a motion to further limit evidence the jury and the public sees and hears.
-Download Patrick Fitzgerald, US Attorney for Northern District, motion