Court: Unplayed Blagojevich tapes added to record, will stay sea

Court: Unplayed Blagojevich tapes added to record, will stay sealed

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Attorneys for now-imprisoned ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich scored a victory in Appellate Court Tuesday.

Judges will allow transcripts of recordings that were barred from being played to the juries in the former governor's two trials to be added to the appellate record, however they will remain sealed.

The late addition to the appellate record was due to Blagojevich's attorneys believing the recordings were already included. When they were preparing their brief, they discovered they had been left out after arguments began, according to court records.

Last January, U.S. attorneys filed the motion to keep the non-admitted transcripts sealed to protect the privacy of some people who were recorded, to which Blagojevich's attorneys objected.

The three appellate judges will now decide whether or not Zagel was wrong to exclude the tapes during Blagojevich's trials. If the appellate court decides he was wrong, the transcripts will be unsealed.

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