Judge slams Blago lawyer for 'harebrained' motion - KMOV.com

Judge slams Blago lawyer for 'harebrained' motion

CHICAGO (AP) -- A federal judge has berated Rod Blagojevich's legal team for a motion he describes as "harebrained."

In denying the motion Monday, Judge James Zagel also threatened to sanction the attorney who drafted it for the impeached Illinois governor.

The motion asked Zagel to look into whether the jury foreman at Blagojevich's retrial had violated the judge's orders by speaking publicly about the case.

The judge says the motion was "prepared without any adequate thought." He suggests Blagojevich attorney Lauren Kaeseberg (KAYS'-berg) write a letter of apology to the juror.

The defense motion was filed Friday with U.S. District Court in Chicago and sought a new trial if court rules were violated.

The request came after Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison. Blagojevich must report to prison in March.

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