May 28, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On May 28, 2010, the US Supreme Court denied a request by former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich to delay the start of his corruption trial by 30 days. Blagojevich sought to postpone the start of his trial until the US Supreme Court could rule on the federal honest services fraud statute in the ...[read more]
December 22, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk
A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on Tuesday upheld the convictions of former Illinois governor George Ryan, refusing his request for early release. In September, Ryan asked Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer to vacate his prison sentence, following a recent US Supreme ...[read more]
June 25, 2010
by Sarah Miley
A federal judge on Thursday denied a request to delay the corruption trial of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich in order for his defense lawyers to review a decision by US Supreme Court limiting the scope of the federal honest services fraud statute. Blagojevich is currently facing ...[read more]
June 4, 2010
by Ann Riley
The US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on Thursday began the trial of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich on charges of federal honest services fraud, racketeering, attempted extortion, bribery, conspiracy to commit bribery, and conspiracy to commit extortion. US District ...[read more]
May 12, 2010
by Bhargav Katikaneni
The US court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Tuesday rejected a motion by former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich to postpone his trial until the US Supreme Court issues its decision on whether the federal honest services fraud statute is constitutional. Blagojevich, who has been charged ...[read more]
March 1, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in three cases, including the case of former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling. In Skilling v. United States, the court heard arguments on whether the federal honest services fraud statute is unconstitutionally vague. The court also heard arguments on ...[read more]
February 10, 2010
by Brian Jackson
Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich pleaded not guilty Wednesday to amended corruption charges. Blagojevich entered the plea in response to eight amended charges, including racketeering, attempted extortion, bribery, conspiracy to commit bribery, and conspiracy to commit extortion. Those ...[read more]
February 5, 2010
by Matt Glenn
Prosecutors from the US Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois issued a superseding indictment against former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich Thursday. The new indictment, which does not allege additional wrongdoing but contains eight new charges related to racketeering, extor... ...[read more]
December 8, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in two cases related to honest services fraud. In Black v. United States, the Court heard arguments on the appeal of Canadian-born former media mogul Conrad Black. The Court is considering whether the honest services clause of 18 USC... ...[read more]
October 13, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday granted certiorari in four cases, including the case of former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling. In Skilling v. United States, the Court will consider whether the federal honest services fraud statute requires the government to prove that the defendant's conduct was i... ...[read more]

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