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Judge to Blagojevich defense: You're stalling. It's inappropriate. Stop.

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Reporting with Lark Turner

The Judge James Zagel lecture series continued this afternoon with the judge scolding the defense for using stall tactics.

"I do believe now ... that you are trying to run the clock," Judge James Zagel tells Aaron Goldstein after dismissing jurors.

This comes not long after Rod Blagojevich expounds about an ambassadorship to Macedonia, which he mentions on a recorded call.
"Macedonia is great. I'm not here to say anything bad about Macedonia," Blagojevich says. "There was no place for me even there. The home of Alexander the Great."

Zagel complained that the defense asked the same question three or four times. Goldstein again and again asked Blagojevich after specific phone calls whether he had, at that point, made a decision about the Senate seat.
"This is a ...stalling tactic, I don't want to see that," Zagel said, calling it inappropriate.
"I also don't believe this is helping with the jury."

"I'm not uncertain about my conclusion that you're running the clock here," Zagel said.

Goldstein asked if he could respond. Zagel said to take the night to think about what he was going to say before he said.
"I know what I will tell you today, tomorrow, and the next day," Goldstein snapped back.

Zagel zinged: "Ok, you can tell me tomorrow morning."

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