June 9th, 2010
12:47 PM ET
12 years ago

Blagojevich banned from tweeting during trial

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In an update to the Rod Blagojevich twitter saga, it appears that there will be no tweets from the former Illinois governor while he is in the courtroom.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Judge James Zagel banned Blagojevich from tweeting during the trial.

The report also indicated that Zagel suggested Blagojevich should avoid making public statements about the trial.

Blagojevich has been using Twitter to declare his innocence since joining the site.

In the bio on his Twitter profile page, Blagojevich proclaims that he's "innocent of all charges" and requests users of the popular microblogging service to "Follow my campaign to clear my name."

On Twitter, Blagojevich goes by the handle @governorrod and Blagojevich spokesman Glenn Selig confirmed to CNN that the account belongs to the former governor.

"(L)ooking forward to opening statements because that will unlock the truth... stay tuned," Blagojevich tweeted Monday.

His most recent tweet, posted Wednesday, avoided any reference to his trial: "Amy's graduation last night was beautiful."

Filed under: Rod Blagojevich
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Dave, Central Illinois

    A Democrat judge tries to prevent word of any revelations about Obama and his Chicago crew that come up during the trial. Press-wise, this will be one of the most tightly controlled trial ever....

    June 9, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. Stacie

    Oh Thank God. He's becoming worse that Sarah P. with the tweeting and the facebook crap.

    June 9, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. 1jimmyhoffa

    He looks like such a good young man!!!

    June 9, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  4. Ken in NC

    This man is Sarah Palin's brother. he has to be. They are both IDENTICAL IDIOTS. The judge should not have stopped this fool from tweeting. At the rate he is going, he would have convicted himself without the help of the court.

    He is crazy if he thinks people care about him going to jail. No one cares about him. People just watch him and laugh at how he makes a fool of himself and his family and then he ask people to go out and clear his name. People don't give a Rats A$$ about his guilt or innocence. We are just enjoying watching him make a total fool of himself.

    June 9, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  5. Dennis

    Is he banned from being a twit as well?

    June 9, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  6. Travis

    His political career is over, he has no chance of being re-admitted to the state bar, and no consulting firm will hire him. His only option is to turn himself into a public figure and profit from the media attention he will receive. Next stop...reality TV!

    June 9, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    He's a sicko and will do anything unlawful and has no respect for his own family. Why would anyone in their right mind tweet openly about their daughter knowing there are sickos out there like himself.

    June 9, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  8. Victim of GOP Taliban

    I think the Hollywood executives that were stupid enough to reward this idiot with lucrative $$$ TV contracts should also be placed on trial. They too should be banned from Tweeter or even allowed to work in the industry any longer.

    June 9, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. Angus McDugan

    This guy will end up getting rich off this experience. What a mockery of American justice and politics.

    June 9, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. ja

    what and who is he tweeting, stupid is as stupid does, should be held in contempt

    June 9, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  11. BillE

    The tweeting you hear are from the birds in his brain

    June 9, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. webgirl

    I am surprised he knows how to tweet. On Celebrity Apprentise he didn't even know how to type.

    June 9, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  13. Vet

    Shucks, now he want be able to tweet to convinces himself that he is not going to be found guilty and visit the Big House as all the hustlers who have gone before him.

    June 9, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |