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Jurors hear first of Blagojevich wiretaps

By AP/St. Louis Public Radio

Chicago – Jurors in the corruption trial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich began hearing FBI wiretap tapes Thursday.

Prosecutors played one in which an audibly upset Blagojevich speaks about fundraising goals with his former chief of staff Alonzo Monk.

On the tape, the are heard talking about the need to pull in contributions before a new ethics law kicked in.

Prosecutors have 500 hours of recordings in which they say Blagojevich is plainly heard saying he wants something in return for President Barack Obama's old Senate seat.


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