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'Play all the tapes': Blagojevich prosecutors say it's an argument defense can't use

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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.

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Typical of the government and court to hide exculpatory information. Americans should not allow this judicial tyranny.

If he is not allowed evidence in his defense the jury should vote "Not Guilty" on principle.

It is manifest, therefore, that the jury must judge of and try the whole case, and every part and parcel of the case, free of any dictation or authority on the part of the government. They must judge of the existence of the law; of the true exposition of the law; of the justice of the law; and of the admissibility and weight of all the evidence offered; otherwise the government will have everything its own way; the jury will be mere puppets in the hands of the government: and the trial will be, in reality, a trial by the government, and not a "trial by the country." The judicial tyranny has been hidden from the people in pretrial hearing so that the truth is hidden from "The People". By such trials the government will determine its own powers over the people, instead of the people's determining their own liberties against the government; and it will be an entire delusion to talk, as for centuries we have done, of the trial by jury, as a "palladium of liberty," or as any protection to the people against the oppression and tyranny of the government.

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