Same arguments made in Blagojevich appeal

Nov 13, 2013

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s appeal continues to go over the same arguments he made during his trial, re-trial and public appearances.  

 Play all the tapes.

 It’s a mantra Blagojevich’s lawyers repeated during his trial and it’s an issue prosecutors addressed in the response they filed last night to Blagojevich’s appeal.

 Prosecutors wrote that Judge James Zagel rightly prohibited Blagojevich from playing a number of calls secretly recorded by the FBI because the calls were irrelevant.

 Those calls purportedly show Blagojevich trying to work out political deals to help the people of Illinois. Prosecutors argued there were times when Blagojevich did his job, but that doesn’t have any bearing on the fact that at other times he tried to use his position to enrich himself.

 Prosecutors also scoffed at Blagojevich’s oft repeated contention that he was just engaging in political horse trading.

 They wrote quote, "No matter the price he charges, a public official who sells his office engages in crime, not politics.”