Judge Won't Subpoena Obama to Testify in Blagojevich Trial

By Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal

CHICAGO—A federal judge in Chicago has refused to issue a subpoena for President Barack Obama to testify at former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s political-corruption trial.

U.S. District Judge James Zagel ruled Friday that lawyers for Mr. Blagojevich had not produced sufficient evidence that Mr. Obama would have anything material to say on the witness stand.

Defense attorneys had claimed that the president could shed light on charges that Mr. Blagojevich schemed to sell or trade Mr. Obama’s former U.S. Senate seat.

Mr. Blagojevich has pleaded not guilty to the charges. The trial is set to start June 3.


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