I do not have confidence that things will not go astray if I modify bond conditionsJudge says 'Cut' to Blago's TV effort Apr 21, 2009
I understand the symbolism of a million dollars, but $450,000 is enoughBlagojevich posts $450,000 bond Jul 15, 2011
The experience of the courts in cases which attract significant news coverage has shown that pretrial news reporting is an overstated menace to fair jury trialsJudge unseals Blagojevich documents Apr 14, 2010
Can you infer from that that it's OK to murder your wifeBlagojevich jurors may hear a dozen tapes Jul 15, 2010
There is nothing in the report that could be used at trialBlagojevich motions denied; retrial is on Apr 15, 2011
James Block Zagel (born March 4, 1941) is a United States district judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and a novelist.
Born in Chicago, Zagel is the son of Samuel S. Zagel (1905–1999), a native of Warsaw, Poland who had immigrated to Chicago in 1915, and Ethel Samuels Zagel (1911–1986). Zagel earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago in 1962 and a master's degree from the University of Chicago in the same year. He then earned a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1965.
Zagel began his career as an assistant state's attorney in Cook County, Illinois from 1965 until 1969. He then served as an assistant attorney general for the State of Illinois from 1969 until 1977. Concurrent to the job as assistant attorney general, Zagel ran the Criminal Justice Division in the attorney general's office from 1970 until 1977, and he also served as chief prosecuting attorney for the Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board from 1973 until 1975.