Judge James Zagel is contemplating opening up a treasure trove of now non-public evidence against Rod Blagojevich -- including transcripts of conversations recorded by the FBI.
Zagel said today in court that he will decide by next week whether he will make public sealed documents and transcripts of those recordings.
His upcoming ruling is in response to a CNN bid last month, asking to make public documents and transcripts of secret recordings of the ousted governor.
CNN called Blagojevich's case: "perhaps the single biggest political corruption scandal in Illinois' history," and argued that "a prosecution which is done in secret, either in whole or in part, runs contrary to our constitutional notions of justice."
Zagel's ruling will likely also address a request by the Chicago Tribune to unseal materials involving Blago codefendant William Cellini.
Judge to decide next week whether to make Blago evidence public
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