Fitzgerald Asks for More Time in Blago Case

Citing complexities, attorney seeks to push back Jan. 7 deadline
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 31, 2008 11:00 AM CST
U.S Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald announces the indictment and arrest of retired Chicago police commander Jon Burge in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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(Newser) – US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has asked for more time to bring his indictment against Rod Blagojevich, citing the complexity of the case and holiday distractions as the reasons for the hold up. Unless he gets the extension, Fitzgerald will have to present his evidence to the grand jury on Jan. 7. Lawyers for Blagojevich have no objections to the delay, Fitzgerald told the judge. (Read more Patrick Fitzgerald stories.)