Blago Fails to Boot Federal Prosecutor

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2009 5:49 PM CDT
Rod Blagojevich looks up at Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Fitzgerald before delivering his closing argument at his impeachment trial Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009, in Springfield, Ill.   (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
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(Newser) – Rod Blagojevich has failed to get Chicago's top federal prosecutor kicked off of his case, the Chicago Tribune reports. A judge ruled today that comments made by Patrick Fitzgerald—which Blagojevich called inflammatory—did not warrant removing him from the corruption case. Nor did Fitzgerald's release of wiretap transcripts that Blago wanted sealed, the AP reports.

Fitzgerald had said at a press conference last year that Blago's "white-collar crime spree" would make Abraham Lincoln "roll over in his grave." But US District Chief Judge James Holderman said there was no legal precedent for removing Fitzgerald over the remarks.