Diary

Patrick Fitzgerald Seeks to Prolong Blago Saga

If you happened to think that Governor Blagojevich’s situation might become more untenable once he’s formally indicted, it looks like you may have to wait a few months longer:

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has filed a motion seeking a 90-day extension to return of an indictment against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Federal prosecutors normally have 30 days to file an indictment against a defendant. That deadline would have been Jan. 7, and the extension would give prosecutors until April 7 instead…

In the motion filed Wednesday, prosecutors ask for more time because “multiple witnesses” have come forward in recent weeks and investigators have to review “thousands of intercepted phone calls.”

A U.S. Attorney spokesman says a federal judge is scheduled to review the motion at a Monday hearing.

Assuming an extension is granted, there’d be no requirement that Fitzgerald wait until April to get an indictment; it could happen sooner. At the same time, it’s hard to imagine that he would seek a 90-day extension unless he were planning to wait a few more weeks, anyway.

For Democrats hoping that the pressure keeps mounting on Blago to step aside, this can’t be welcome news. For the rest of us… pass the popcorn.