The momentous trial of Rod Blagojevich, who in the past few years has been a talk radio host, author, lecturer, reality show star — and somewhere on his resume, you might find impeached Governor of Illinois — is finally under way and one of the first rules for Chicago’s proudest son is: No Tweeting!
U.S. District Judge James Zagel banned the ex-guv from using the site to send out the 140-character messages while in the courtroom. Apparently Blago got the message — his last tweet came Tuesday morning at 5:25 a.m.
But the judge also ruled that he may continue to speak to media and doing radio shows, warning that anything he says could be used against him at the trial.
Meanwhile, Blagojevich is continuing to maintain his innocence through the web. His twitter bio reads: “Former governor of Illinois, host of talk radio program WLS and innocent of all charges. Follow my campaign to clear my name.”
Opening statements began Tuesday afternoon for Blagojevich. If convicted of fraud and corruption connected to his alleged attempt to sell the U.S. Senate seat that once belonged to Barack Obama, Blago faces as much as 20 years in prison.