In a repeat of what was asked for during last year's trial, government prosecutors asked Judge James Zagel Monday to ban some arguments by the defense--including one to exonerate the former governor by 'playing all the tapes' of conversations recorded on wiretaps.
It's an argument Blagojevich himself has used many times in public statements and interviews, and which was banned in the first trial.
Before the first trial, Zagel ruled neither side could suggest there was evidence that was not allowed to be played in the trial. The result of that argument, he wrote, would be "a free for all" that is "just plain lawless."
"The Court has also made clear that the Court, rather than the government, is the final arbiter of what is, and what is not, presented to the jury," prosecutors wrote in the motion. "Yet the defense has continued to suggest otherwise."
The issue will come up at a hearing Thursday morning.