Blagojevich wiretaps remain sealed, March 11, 2014, US Court of Appeals Seventh Circuit, Protecting Obama continues, Blagojevich stated more pristine than him (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
The protection of Obama in the Blagojevich “prosecution” continues.
From the NY Times March 11, 2014.
“Illinois: Wiretaps of Ex-Governor Stay Sealed”
“An appellate court in Chicago ruled Tuesday that transcripts of F.B.I.wiretaps not played at former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s corruption trials should remain sealed, at least for now. The decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit came as it considered Mr. Blagojevich’s appeal, which asks the three-judge appellate panel to throw out his convictions.”
“The wiretaps are among those Judge James B. Zagel of Federal District Court barred the defense from playing to jurors. ”
From Citizen Wells February 3, 2014.
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?