Blagojevich's Pretrial Requests Head To Court
CHICAGO - AUGUST 17: Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich arrives at the courthouse to hear the verdict in his corruption trial August 17, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. Blagojevich was found guilty on one charge of giving a false statement to federal agents. The jury was hung and was unable to reach a verdict on 23 of the 24 counts. The government plans to retry him. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Rod Blagojevich
Two months ahead of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's trial, a status hearing in U.S. District Court Wednesday could see a decision on his lawyers' pretrial motions.
This week, Blagojevich's attorneys filed an overnight motion to bar FBI wiretap recordings from being played during the April 20 retrial, saying the hundreds of recordings at the core of the government's case contain gaps and lack context.
Another motion was filed earlier this month asking the government to produce a missing undercover tape that attorneys say can prove Blagojevich's innocence. They said the tape contained a conversation between Rahm Emanuel and a Blagojevich aide.
The lawyers also asked Judge James Zagel to make convicted fundraiser Tony Rezko and convicted influence peddler Stuart Levine available for questioning.
Blagojevich faces 23 charges, including trying to sell President Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat. His attorneys want counts of bribery and extortion dismissed because of a Supreme Court ruling on honest services laws.
Published at 6:58 AM CST on Feb 23, 2011