Blagojevich judge denies acquittal motion - KMOV.com

Blagojevich judge denies acquittal motion

CHICAGO (AP) -- The federal judge presiding over Rod Blagojevich's corruption trial has denied a motion from defense attorneys asking that the ousted Illinois governor be acquitted.

U.S. District Judge James Zagel on Monday refused to acquit Blagojevich and told attorneys to go ahead with the defense case. Zagel said he was basing his decision partly on the testimony in the prosecution's case and partly on the tone and manner in which witnesses answered the questions.

Defense attorneys often ask judges for such acquittals at the close of the prosecution case during a trial. The prosecution at the Blagojevich trial rested last week. Such motions are rarely granted.

Blagojevich has pleaded not guilty to scheming to trade or sell the U.S. Senate seat Barack Obama was leaving to move to the White House.

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