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Blagojevich Claims Innocence in Court

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Blagojevich Claims Innocence in Court

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on his way into federal court this morning. (WBEZ/Bill Healy)

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich pleaded not guilty to some new charges in Federal Court today.

U.S. prosecutors recently added charges against Blagojevich because of a pending Supreme Court case. Justices are considering whether to wipe out the so-called “honest services” law under which Blagojevich was previously charged.

Prosecutors have about 500 hours of secretly recorded conversations of the former governor. Blagojevich told reporters today he wants the ability to play as many of those tapes in court as he wants.

BLAGOJEVICH: I challenge the government if you are on the side of truth and justice as you say you are and if this was a crime spree like you claim it was, then don’t hide behind technicalities. Play all the tapes.

Blagojevich is accused of trying to sell the Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama. Blagojevich’s next court hearing is scheduled for March 17.

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