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Blagojevich judge, attorney clash; jury sent home

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West Central Tribune
Blagojevich judge, attorney clash; jury sent home
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CHICAGO (AP) -- The judge in Rod Blagojevich's corruption trial has clashed with an attorney for the former Illinois governor about what the lawyer can say in closing arguments.

Judge James Zagel sent the jury home for the day this afternoon after Blagojevich's attorney Sam Adam Jr. complained the judge was gutting his closing arguments. Adam said he intended to mention witnesses that prosecutors did not call -- even though the judge previously warned him not to do so.

Adam also says he would be willing to go to jail for contempt if the judge didn't change his mind.

Blagojevich and his brother, Robert Blagojevich, have pleaded not guilty to charges including an alleged scheme to sell the Senate seat President Barack Obama gave up when he was elected president.