Fed Judge Bans Ex-Ill. Gov. Blago From Tweeting in Court
Trying to silence ex-Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich is almost as challenging as capping the oil spill in the Gulf.
Still, U.S. District Judge James Zagel, who is presiding over Blagojevich’s public corruption trial in Chicago, thought he’d try to slow the word spillage a little.
Just before opening statements on Tuesday, Zagel banned Blagojevich from tweeting from the courtroom, according to the Chicago Tribune.
“The technologically-challenged ex-governor joined Twitter earlier this month, but most of his milquetoast, 140-character messages seem to be written by his publicist,” Bob Secter of the Tribune wrote. “After all, Blagojevich didn’t even know how to send a text message or open a Word file on the “Celebrity Apprentice” when it was filmed last year.”
Blagojevich, who seems to have a love with cameras and microphones, can still talk with the media outside of court, the Trib reported.
But the judge warned Blagojevich that his “repeated public statements” could be used against him if he testifies during the trial, the paper reported.
- Read Opening Statements (Chicago Tribune)
- Read CBS2 Chicago Account
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