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Blagojevich Recordings Now On-Line

Chicago, IL – The federal government's case against Rod Blagojevich centers on recorded conversations involving the former Illinois Governor and his associates. Prosecutors are now making those recordings available to the public.

The FBI wiretaps are being played in federal court but anyone with an Internet connection can also listen in. Prosecution evidence is posted on the U-S Attorney's website.

However, you won't be able to hear the recordings before the jury hears them. The files are only being posted after they are introduced in court.

The FBI recorded an estimated 500 hours of conversations. Not all will be played for the jury.

Still Acting Like A Politician

When it comes to his inner-campaign switch, Rod Blagojevich apparently knows only one mode: "on."

Since his corruption trial began, the impeached Illinois governor has drawn on his skill as a politician to work the federal courthouse. Blagojevich cheerfully agrees to pose for cell-phone snapshots. At the slightest encouragement from bystanders, he moves in for chitchat.

Judge James Zagel has said Blagojevich should tone down his comments to reporters.

The biggest test of Blagojevich's ability to charm and woo might still await him: His attorneys say he intends to take the stand.

Blagojevich has pleaded not guilty to charges including that he tried to sell President Barack Obama's vacated US Senate seat and was part a racketeering scheme.

Thanks to Illinois Public Radio and the Illinois Associated Press