A federal judge in Chicago today granted prosecutors an additional 3 months to present evidence and obtain an indictment in the corruption case against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Chief Judge James Holderman said the case against Blagojevich is too complex to expect prosecutors to obtain an indictment by a Jan. 7 deadline. He set an April 7 deadline instead.
The judge said that "the ends of justice served by the extension" outweigh public interest and the defendants' rights to a speedy trial. Blagojevich and his former chief of staff are charged with offenses, including plotting to sell or trade the US Senate seat left vacant by Barack Obama.