CHICAGO (AP) -- A federal judge in Chicago says he doesn't think a motion by former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to cancel his upcoming retrial is serious and so he declined to formally rule on it.
Judge James Zagel told attorneys at a status hearing Monday that he doesn't have the authority to simply call off a trial. He added he expects the motion "to go away by itself" and "vanish into thin air."
The impeached governor's attorneys filed the motion this month asking the judge to forgo a second corruption trial and proceed straight to sentencing on his lone conviction from his first trial.
The impeached governor faces a maximum five-year prison sentence on the conviction of lying to the FBI. His retrial on 20 counts is scheduled to begin April 20.
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