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Wiretap Recordings

Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) leaves the Dirksen Building federal courthouse on March 13, 2012, after he was released on bond, following his arrest for allegedly taking a $7,000 bribe. (Credit: CBS)

Jurors Hear Tape Of Lawmaker Allegedly Counting Bribe Money

Jurors at an Illinois lawmaker’s bribery trial have heard a secret FBI recording in which the Chicago Democrat appears to accept a $7,000 bribe — counted out in seven, $1,000 stacks.

06/03/2014

Rod Blagojevich

Judge Rips Blago’s Bid To Play New Tapes At Sentencing

The federal judge who will sentence impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich on corruption charges has harsh words for one of the former governor’s latest legal moves.

11/28/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Blagojevich Wants To Play New Tapes At Sentencing

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is asking to play wiretap recordings that were previously placed under seal when he’s sentenced next month.

CBS Chicago–11/25/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Feds Seek To Block Blago’s ‘Play All The Tapes’ Argument

Federal prosecutors have asked a judge to prevent former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s defense attorneys from arguing that playing all the tapes of FBI wiretaps of his conversations would exonerate Blagojevich at upcoming retrial.

CBS Chicago–04/12/2011