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Judge warns Blagojevich on media comments

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El ex gobernador de Illinois Rod Blagojevich se ajusta el cintur?n tras salir de una corte federal, en esta fotograf?a de archivo del jueves 12 de agosto de 2010, en Chicago. (Foto AP/Charles Rex Arbogast) By Charles Rex Arbogast El ex gobernador de Illinois Rod Blagojevich se ajusta el cintur?n tras salir de una corte federal, en esta fotograf?a de archivo del jueves 12 de agosto de 2010, en Chicago. (Foto AP/Charles Rex Arbogast) By Charles Rex Arbogast

CHICAGO (AP) -- The judge in Rod Blagojevich's corruption retrial has warned the former Illinois governor to watch what he says to the media.

A stern Judge James Zagel made his comments to Blagojevich's lawyers at a status hearing on Monday -- just two days before the ex-governor's scheduled retrial is set to begin.

Prosecutor Reid Schar had told Zagel earlier in the hearing that Blagojevich had repeatedly lied, including by suggesting there'd been a government effort to subvert the facts in the case.

The normally subdued Schar raised his voice to say he'd like to put Blagojevich on the stand to point out "he's a liar" but knows he can't.

Zagel didn't place a gag order on Blagojevich but says the defense should consider his warning a "red flag."

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