Minutes before he entered a "not guilty" plea in federal court this morning, Robert Blagojevich said he agrees with his brother's position -- made public yesterday -- not to contest the playing of secret FBI recordings in his case.
Rob Blagojevich, who flew in from Nashville, Tenn., will only ask to suppress private conversations between his wife and his son, which had nothing to do with the case, he said.
The ex-governor's brother, who keeps a low-profile compared with Rod Blagojevich's national media tour, said he was disheartened by the new set of charges -- including attempted extortion and bribery conspiracy leveled by the government. The charges are designed to battle an expected U.S. Supreme attack on the honest services statute.
"The misery continues every day," Rob Blagojevich said of battling his case. "I am an innocent man and I will keep fighting. But (prosecutors) have the unlimited resources of the federal government."
His lawyer, Michael Ettinger, said Rob Blagojevich will also not contest the recordings in the case.
"Play them all," Ettinger said.
After court, Rob Blagojevich called his relationship with his brother "strained."
"It's not what it once was. It's a little strained. But we'll get through it," Rob Blagojevich told reporters. As for the tapes in the case, the Tennessean said he's listened to them all. "I'm very comfortable with the outcome with regard to me," he said.