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Voice From Above Stops Blago Trial

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    The former governor speaks in harsh tones to his wife during a wire tapped phone conversation. (Published Wednesday, May 4, 2011)

    The Rod Blagojevich retrial proceeded Wednesday in fits and starts.

    As prosecutors questioned Blagojevich's former chief of staff, John Harris, early in the morning, a voice from above interrupted the questioning.

    LISTEN: Blago Curses at Patti

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    The former governor speaks in harsh tones to his wife during a wire tapped phone conversation. (Published Wednesday, May 4, 2011)

    "Hello? Hello?" the voice asked nearly 10 times.

    It appeared to observers that the courtroom speakers inadvertandly picked up the signal from a phone call.

    Judge James Zagel stopped the trial until the source of the voice could be determined.

    Blagojevich may have been hoping for some divine intervention.

    Once order was restored, prosecutors began playing taped conversations between Patti and Rod Blagojevich.

    During the call, Rod verbally abuses Patti, using the "F" word to disparage her as she tried to research salaries for potential appointment jobs.

    Before the tape was played, however, Patti vacated the courtroom.