Blagojevich trial, Monday, April 12, 2010, Documents unsealed
Today, Monday, April 12, 2010, sealed documents in the Rod Blagojevich trial will be made public except for portions that defense attorneys successfully plea to keep hidden.
From The Chicago SunTimes.
“Blagojevich judge to unseal key document in case”
“U.S. District Judge James Zagel said today he will make public a key document in the Rod Blagojevich case after major news outlets, including the Chicago Sun-Times, objected to its secret filing.
The Santiago Proffer, a prosecution filing that acts as a road map to the government’s strategy in the case, will be publicly available Wednesday, Zagel ruled today.
The Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune and Associated Press stepped in and asked for the document to be made public after the government initially filed it under seal.
But there may be some portions of the filing that will not be made public.
Zagel is giving defense lawyers until Monday to suggest portions they want to keep out of public view for now.
He then said the prosecution had 24 hours to respond.
Defense lawyer Sheldon Sorosky said he didn’t want the government to file a document that quotes what prosecutors consider their “best tapes.” Sorosky said if the document cites portions of the secret FBI recordings, then all the tapes should be released before trial, so the jury pool isn’t tainted.”
United States District Court
Northern District of Illinois
Judge James B. Zagel
Chambers: (312) 435 – 5713
DATE OF APPOINTMENT
April 22, 1987
ENTERED ON DUTY
June 17, 1987
1979 – 1980 Director, Illinois Department of Revenue
1980 – 1987 Director, Illinois Department of State Police
COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS / PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
Judicial conference Committee of Codes of Conduct, (renamed “Committee on Financial Disclosure), 1987 -1994
American Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
University of Chicago, B.A.; M.A. 1962
Harvard Law School, J/D/, 1963
March 4, 1941