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Blagojevich sentencing could come later than expected

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Rod Blagojevich's scheduled sentencing date next month directly conflicts with a trial in a related case, raising questions as to whether it will get pushed back.

U.S. District Judge James Zagel set Blagojevich's sentencing for Oct. 6. However, on Oct. 3, the trial of Springfield power broker William Cellini -- which entails allegations involving Blagojevich fund-raisers -- is scheduled to start before the same judge and some of the same prosecutors.

While Cellini attorney Dan Webb said Wednesday he believes his client's trial date isn't going to move, Blagojevich lawyer Sheldon Sorosky said he wouldn't be surprised if his client's sentencing does.

"Obviously, history would indicate that a judge who's in the middle of a trial is not going to delay the trial for a sentencing," Sorosky said.

Unless something changes, Zagel would be in the unlikely position of picking a jury for Cellini's trial, then pausing the proceedings to begin what's expected to be a highly-publicized, lengthy sentencing of Blagojevich.

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