Blagojevich attorneys seek mistrial _ again
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
CHICAGO (AP) -- Attorneys for ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich have asked for a mistrial -- again.
In a filing Thursday, the defense attorneys cited testimony given a day earlier by Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. in asking for the mistrial.
Jackson testified that his wife didn't get a promised appointment to head the Illinois Lottery after Jackson refused to give Blagojevich a $25,000 campaign donation.
Defense attorneys contend that testimony was "overly prejudicial."
Blagojevich's attorneys also asked the judge for a mistrial Monday, arguing that the government blocked Blagojevich's right to confront his accusers by making hundreds of objections during defense cross-examinations.
Blagojevich has denied any wrongdoing.