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: "TrialsÂ are designed to produce justice, not to determine a winner or aÂ 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.