- Associated Press - Monday, September 26, 2011

CHICAGO (AP) — Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s attorney said on Monday that a federal judge was likely to set the convicted former politician’s new sentencing date for late October or early November.

Blagojevich lawyer Sheldon Sorosky’s comments came after Judge James Zagel on Monday cancelled an Oct. 6 date to sentence Blagojevich on multiple corruption counts.

Judge Zagel neither offered an explanation nor set a new date.

But Mr. Sorosky said Judge Zagel simply put Blagojevich’s sentencing off because it conflicted with the Oct. 3 start of a trial for businessman William Cellini, at one time a Blagojevich fundraiser.

Judge Zagel also is presiding at Mr. Cellini’s trial.

Mr. Sorosky said Blagojevich had no objection to delaying sentencing until Judge Zagel finishes Mr. Cellini’s trial.

The 76-year-old Mr. Cellini has pleaded not guilty to trying to shake down a Hollywood producer for campaign cash for Blagojevich.