Blagojevich Asks to Cancel Retrial, Get Immediate Sentence


Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich wants to cancel his retrial, asking to be sentenced immediately for lying to the FBI, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. Anticipating a retrial of his corruption case scheduled for April 20, his attorneys told a federal judge that, “A second prosecution of this case is an irresponsible use of taxpayer funds in light of the current economic crisis and Blagojevich's imminent sentencing on the conviction from the first trial.”

U.S. District Judge James Zagel and federal prosecutors would have to agree to dismiss the remaining counts against the former governor. Last summer, Blagojevich was convicted of just one out of 24 counts against him. A jury was deadlocked on the remaining counts.

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