Blago lawyer: Witnesses among those subpoenaed

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Posted: May 20, 2011 2:13 PM
Blago lawyer: Witnesses among those subpoenaed

A lawyer for ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says witnesses the defense plans to call at his corruption retrial are limited to those who received subpoenas before the first trial.

Attorney Sheldon Sorosky declined to specify after a hearing Friday who will actually be called to the stand.

Among those subpoenaed were then-White House chief of staff and now-Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.

Sorosky added that prosecutors don't yet know who's on the defense witness list. Judge James Zagel says the defense can keep the list close to the vest for days in advance to maintain an element of surprise.

Blagojevich faces 20 charges this time, including that he tried to sell or trade President Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat. He has denied any wrongdoing.