April 22nd, 2010
01:04 AM ET

Judge 'will not permit headbutts' in Blagojevich case

A federal court judge in Chicago laid down the law Wednesday in the case of the U.S. government vs. former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

"I will not permit headbutts, rules violations," U.S. District Court Judge James Zagel said during a preliminary hearing. "I will enforce rules. I will decide if rules have been violated. I am the referee."

Further, he warned both Blagojevich's defense and the prosecution: "Trials  are designed to produce justice, not to determine a winner or a  loser."

Blagojevich - facing racketeering charges - threw down the gauntlet Tuesday during a defiant news conference in which he called his accusers "liars" and "cowards" and directly challenged U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, who is heading the prosecution.

Blagojevich accused federal authorities of trying to keep some of the tapes FBI agents made of his phone conversations from being heard by a jury.

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  1. carl

    STOP playing chess with this guy...Prosecute him...and pack him off to prison where he belongs

    April 22, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. thatstheway

    Say what you will thid guy is a character from another era 'teapot dome' and he is small potatoes when push comes to shove ....not the greatest villain for sure even though people NEED a target and have mercy they are so confused about Who the villains rin OUR political scene eally are.

    April 22, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. school friend

    name calling is his best defense? he's really in trouble.

    April 22, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Steve

    Blagojevich's press conference at the very minimum makes him seem a little less arrogant, and a little more angry at the charges. At the very least, there is something shady going on here. I am not convinced now that Rod Blagojevich is guilty of any wrong doing. You have to think. Most defendants will stay out of the spotlight and let his/her lawyers do the talking, if they have something to hide. Blagojevich is out there seems like every day, trying to defend his character. He is challenging to bring what they have and face him head on. This man is either innocent, or is completely stupid. And with the amount of money he is paying lawyers, he cant be that stupid. I think Blagojevich is being railroaded by the United States Attorney. Im not saying the man is 100% innocent. But something is going on that we do not know about. I do think the media has over crucified him without knowing all the evidence.

    April 22, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Retired Air Force

    Blago is just the tip of the iceberg, the fallboy, the scapegoat. The American people have turned a blind eye to dirty politics and a federal government that no longer serves the people for far too long. The public has grown fat and uncaring, but that is all about to change. Over the next decade as the value of the dollar plummets and the prices of even the most basic goods skyrocket, you will see the people rise up against its governemnts free spending ways and taxation without representation. As our children and childrens children starve and 90 percent of the families in the country sink below poverty level, there will be change, and that change will not come easy. The change will not be brought about by words, or demonstrations or legal avenues. Be ready America, stock supplies, arm yourselves, as this country is at the brink of civil war.

    April 22, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
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