Reporting with Natasha Korecki
Prosecutors play the infamous Patti Blagojevich segment in which she's heard chiming in over Rod as her husband and Bob Greenlee discuss the Chicago Tribune's drum beat to impeach him.
Patti is heard referencing the Tribune Co.'s hope to get state help for a Cubs and Wrigley Field sale.
Patti: "Tell them to hold up that f-ing Cubs s---. F--- them. F--- them. What kind of bulls--- is that."
Later in the tape, Patti is heard going on about the editorial board:
Patti: "Just fire them... what would William Randolph Hearst do? Say, 'Oh, I can't interfere with my editorial board?'... They're hurting (the paper's) business."
Greenlee: "They've lost all impartiality. They're awful, just awful."
Later, Rod discusses going to Sam Zell and telling him to "fire those f----ers."
Before the call was played, Patti was told to leave the room. She did. As the tape plays inside the courtroom, Rod rubs his fingers over his lips, looks at the transcript seriously and at one point puts a hand on his face.
On an earlier tape, Blagojevich and Greenlee discuss the Chicago Tribune's editorials calling for the governor to be impeached. Meanwhile, sitting in the courtroom is editorial writer John McCormick.