Defense: Blago Sentencing Likely Next 2 Months

CHICAGO (AP) — Rod Blagojevich’s attorney says a federal judge is likely to set the convicted former governor’s new sentencing date for late October or early November.

Sheldon Sorosky’s comments come after Judge James Zagel on Monday cancelled an Oct. 6 date to sentence Blagojevich on multiple corruption counts.

Zagel neither offered an explanation nor set a new date.

But Sorosky says Zagel simply put Blagojevich’s sentencing off because it conflicted with the Oct. 3 start of a trial for businessman and one-time Blagojevich fundraiser William Cellini.

Zagel is also the presiding judge for Cellini’s trial.

Sorosky says Blagojevich had no objection to delaying sentencing until Zagel finishes Cellini’s trial.

The 76-year-old Cellini has pleaded not guilty to trying to shake down a Hollywood producer for campaign cash for Blagojevich.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press


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