Judge James Zagel Denies Rod Blagojevich's Request to Play Tapes at Sentencing Hearing - FOX 32 News Chicago

Judge James Zagel Denies Rod Blagojevich's Request to Play Tapes at Sentencing Hearing

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The federal judge who will sentence Rod Blagojevich on corruption charges has harsh words for one of the former Illinois governor's latest legal moves.

Judge James Zagel on Monday denied Blagojevich's request to have previously unreleased wiretap tapes played at his Dec. 6 sentencing. Blagojevich submitted a list of 180 tapes he would like to be allowed to play. Those tapes were excluded at his trial.

Zagel said he needs to know more about what Blagojevich wants to prove with the tapes. Zagel said he's being asked for his "blind approval."

Zagel also derided Blagojevich for making his request on Thanksgiving Day, which is typically reserved for emergency motions. He says that timing is "simply wrongful."

The judge scheduled a hearing Friday on another Blagojevich request.

 

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