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Blagojevich wants silenced tapes played at sentencing

Updated: December 27, 2011 8:08AM

He’s been tried and convicted, but Rod Blagojevich’s quest to “play all the tapes” continues.

Blagojevich’s attorneys asked in a recent court filing to air recordings at the ex-governor’s Dec. 6 sentencing that were not played at his trial.

The filing asks U.S. District Judge James Zagel to lift a seal placed on recordings and transcripts not played in court and allow lawyers “to reference brief portions of wiretap recordings and transcripts in his sentencing memorandum and at his sentencing hearing.”

Lawyers list 180 conversations they may like to cite, including two involving Rahm Emanuel, one Dec. 3, 2008, call with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and dozens of others with his lawyers, consultants or advisers. They said they would like to cite some of the recorded exchanges in a public sentencing memo that’s due Nov. 30.

“These calls are essential, for example, to show Mr. Blagojevich’s state of mind and lack of ill intent. Mr. Blagojevich cannot adequately present his argument for a just sentence without the use of these tape recordings and/or transcripts,” lawyers wrote.

The filing also reveals that another defense lawyer, Carolyn Gurland, is assisting the defense with Blagojevich’s sentencing. Gurland has worked numerous high-profile federal cases, including that of Lawrence Warner, the co-defendant in the trial of former Gov. George Ryan.

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