Prosecution plays first of many Blagojevich tapes

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Prosecutors in the corruption trial of Rod Blagojevich have begun playing the first of the hours and hours of wiretap tapes that the government is using in its case against the former governor.

Prosecutors in the corruption trial of Rod Blagojevich have begun playing the first of the hours and hours of wiretap tapes that the government is using in its case against the former governor. Prosecutors started Thursday with one in which an audibly upset Blagojevich is speaking about fundraising goals with his former chief of staff Alonzo Monk. They spoke about the need to pull in contributions before a new ethics law kicked in. Monk said it was him and Blagojevich on the tape. Prosecutors have 500 hours of secretly made FBI wiretap tapes in which they say Blagojevich is plainly heard saying he wants something in return for President Barack Obama’s old Senate seat. Blagojevich has pleaded not guilty to conspiring to sell or trade the Senate seat and pressuring people for campaign contributions. Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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