Judge Bans Rod Blagojevich From Tweeting During Trial

Judge Bans Rod Blagojevich From Tweeting During Trial

Rod Blagojevich has been all for letting the public know every detail of his legal woes, and today--just before opening statements begin in his federal corruption trial--Judge James B. Zagel put his foot down, banning Blago from courtroom tweeting.

The former Illinois governor and his wife Patti have recently taken to Twitter to proclaim Rod's innocence (and promote his radio appearances.)

The Chicago Tribune reports that Blagojevich has not become more tech-savvy since his "Celebrity Apprentice" days--when he had trouble with the concept of email. His publicist has likely been responsible for his tweets.

Huffington Post contributor Chasse Rehwinkel said that Judge Zagel warned Blagojevich about continued radio appearances during the trial, but has not yet banned him from making the media rounds. The Tribune reports:

The ex-governor will be allowed to continue speaking with the media and appearing on radio programs during the trial -- at his own peril.

Zagel told Blagojevich his sound bites, quips and "repeated public statements" to the cameras could be used against him if he testifies during the trial.

"I'm quite sure it has been explained by his attorneys," Zagel said.

Rehwinkel will be tweeting from the courthouse for HuffPost Chicago. Follow him here.

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