Circus Arrives Thursday
From the Chicago Tribune:
Blagojevich trial delay request denied
Corruption trial of former governor set to open Thursday
By David Savage, Tribune Washington Burea
5:49 PM CDT, May 28, 2010
WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens refused Friday to delay the trial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, scheduled to begin Thursday.
Stevens, who handles emergency appeals from the 7th Circuit Court, turned down a motion from Blagojevich's lawyers, who sought a 30-day delay.
The defense team argued the trial should be put on hold until the high court rules in several pending cases on constitutional challenges to the law that makes it a crime to deprive the public of "honest services."
Blagojevich faces 24 counts of corruption, including bribery, extortion and racketeering, but several of counts include charges of honest services fraud.
Should be hugely entertaining.
Rod is now a professional celebrity, and nobody goes to the freak show to see unbearded lady.