Mt. Vernon Register-News

June 15, 2010

Blagojevich trial resumes

The Associated Press
The Associated Press

CHICAGO — Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s corruption trial is back under way with his former chief of staff, Alonzo Monk, still on the stand.

Blagojevich defense attorney Sam Adam Jr. resumed cross examination Tuesday where he left off on Monday, asking Monk questions about political fundraising by members of the ousted governor’s inner circle.

It was Monk’s fourth day on the witness stand.

Blagojevich has pleaded not guilty to charges that he schemed to get a massive payoff — a hefty campaign contribution or a high paying job — in return for an appointment to the U.S. Senate seat that President Barack Obama left following his November 2008 election.

He also has pleaded not guilty to plotting to launch a racketeering scheme in the governor’s office.