Rod Blagojevich’s plans for Madigan astray as he awaits his trial next year

June 2nd, 2009 - 5:07 pm ICT by GD  

Just before his arrested on corruption charges, Governor Rod Blagojevich was thinking of appointing Lisa Madigan, the Attorney General for the state of Illinois, to the US upper house (Senate). The governor thought that by doing so he would be returning the legislative favors that he had earlier received from her father, Michael Madigan, who is one of the most powerful state House Speaker.

Joe Shoemaker, spokesperson for U.S. Senator Dick Durbin said, “Blagojevich raised the possibility in a phone call with Durbin, but the senator concluded that the governor, a political enemy of the Madigans, was not serious, so Durbin did not pass on the idea to them or any intermediary.”

Presently, Rod Blagojevich is being held for corruption charges, which includes his alleged involvement in a conspiracy that aimed at making profits by selling Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat using the political influences of the Governor’s office in order to get campaign contributions.

The most recent development in this Rod Blagojevich corruption case is that the federal judge currently presiding over the case is planning for the actual trial to get underway in the spring of 2010.

According to reports, James Zagel, the U.S. District Judge had made his intentions clear about the hearing of the case that was held on Monday. Associated Press reported that James Zagel had told the media that if, “the case goes to trial” he wants it to be “held between April and June of next year preferably closer to April than June.”

Earlier, the prosecutors had told the District judge that the preparation of the government’s case against the Blagojevich would take about three months before it was ready for presentation in front of the jurors.

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