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Blagojevich retrial: Bizarre phone call somehow broadcast in court

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Reporting with Natasha Korecki

A bizarre phone call was just heard in Judge James Zagel's courtroom -- and it had nothing to do with Blagojevich.

"Hello? Helllllooooo?" a man's voice could be heard coming through the courtroom's sound system in an apparently live call, interrupting testimony from John Harris. The caller whistled, wondering why nobody was answering. "Anybody home?"

"We're going to take a short break," Zagel said as everyone in the courtroom looked around and laughed, including the jurors. One Zagel staffer ran out of the room, presumably to get some help with the issue.

"All rise!" the marshal said, clearing the courtroom.

With everyone out of the courtroom, Zagel and his staff are trying to figure out how the call was broadcast over the sound system and what phone might have caused the interruption.

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