In the last several weeks, lawyers for Rod Blagojevich have filed a flurry of motions, including one under seal on Monday that moved to suppress key evidence -- a multitude of recordings in the case -- "because the affidavits seeking wiretaps failed to recite probable cause and contained misrepresentations and omissions of fact."
The series of motions two months before the former governor's retrial that ask to throw out tapes is a complete turnaround by the defense, which has been pared down since the first trial losing father-son team of Sam Adam and Sam Adam Jr.
Last summer, Blagojevich himself held a news conference, all but challenging the U.S. Attorney to a fight for not agreeing to "play all the tapes." That became something of a defense mantra before and during Blagojevich's first trial, which ended in August with a mistrial on 23 out of 24 counts. (The defense never played a recording).
Another filing asks to throw out the tapes, arguing that FBI agents recording phone calls chose to turn off the recordings, something called minimization, at improper times.
"Due to the improper minimization of calls as detailed in
this motion, creating 'gaps' throughout the majority of calls, and preventing
relevant conversations from being heard in their full context, Blagojevich
requests that all wiretapped recordings be suppressed," the motion reads.
On a separate front, several media outlets are challenging Judge James Zagel's plan to keep the names of jurors a secret until eight hours after the verdict is reached.
Here's the media's reply on that: Click here