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William Beavers’ federal judge is same as Rod Blagojevich’s

U.S District Judge James B. Zagel's court room. File Photo. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast POOL)

U.S District Judge James B. Zagel's court room. File Photo. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, POOL)

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Updated: March 26, 2012 8:12AM



If defense attorneys Sam Adam and Sam Adam Jr. take William Beavers’ case to trial, they will face a familiar person behind the bench — U.S. District Judge James Zagel.

Beavers randomly drew Zagel as his judge in federal court. He’s the same judge who the father-and-son Adam team had sometimes clashed with — spectacularly at times — during the first Rod Blagojevich trial. The situation came to a head the day before closing arguments when Adam Jr. said he’d go to jail over Zagel’s rulings.

In the end, that didn’t happen. The case ended in a mistrial on 23 of 24 counts. Blagojevich was convicted at retrial last summer.



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