Blagojevich Presses for Release of Wiretap Tapes

Prosecutors have downplayed the ongoing exchange of legal motions, declining to issue public comments about Blagojevich's allegations. Federal prosecutors did issue a reply to the former governor's motion to play "missing" taped conversations in court, calling the request irrelevant since the court is already aware of all the tapes and has ruled on which are admissible in court.

"The instant motion offers no new argument or legal theory for the admission of the recordings on which the Court previously ruled," the government says in a court document filed late Monday. "It is unclear what purpose the defendant's instant motion serves, other than to potentially influence prospective jurors."

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The latest filing from Blagojevich's legal team does not let up, though, in the press for releasing the government's wiretap recordings, arguing that there is no legal reason at this point to keep them secret.

"This impairs counsel's ability to vigorously and zealously defend Blagojevich," they argued. "Yet the government is not circumscribed at all by the Protective Order. It is a fundamentally unfair playing field."

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