Blagojevich appeal update February 3, 2014, US 7th Circuit Court of Appeals opens wiretap transcript records, Defense lawyers want wiretap transparency, More damning evidence for Obama?
Why did Patrick Fitzgerald and the US Justice Department wait until December 2008 to arrest Rod Blagojevich?”…Citizen Wells
“I believe I’m more pristine on Rezko than him.”…Rod Blagojevich
“There is enough corruption in Illinois so that all it takes is someone who is serious about finding it to uncover it. If a U.S. attorney is not finding corruption in Illinois, they’re not seriously looking for it.”…Northwestern Law Professor James Lindgren
Only about 2 percent of the total wiretap transcripts used as evidence were revealed during the Blagojevich trials.
Blagojevich defense lawyers want all of the wiretap transcripts made transparent.
From the Belleville News-Democrat February 3, 2014.
“Blagojevich transcripts at issue in appeal”
“Prosecutors and attorneys for Rod Blagojevich disagree over unsealing wiretap transcripts that are part of the imprisoned former governor’s appeal of his conviction.
The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals had said it would open the records Monday.
But citing privacy, prosecutors want them to stay sealed. In a response filed Monday, defense lawyers say transparency should trump other concerns.”
“The defense says a lower court barred jurors from hearing certain wiretaps that could have helped Blagojevich. Transcripts of recordings not played at trial were recently submitted to the appellate court, and are the records in dispute.”
Obama’s corrupt past?