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Blagojevich wiretap tapes available online

By Sean Crawford, Illinois Public Radio

Springfield, Ill. – The federal government's case against Rod Blagojevich centers on recorded conversations involving the former Illinois governor and his associates. Prosecutors are also making those recordings available to the public.

The FBI wiretaps are being played in federal court but anyone with an internet connection can also listen. Prosecution evidence is posted on the U.S. Attorney's website.

Available recordings include one of Blagojevich on the phone with his brother Robert, who was helping raise campaign money. Prosecutors say this particular conversation shows an effort to shakedown the horse racing industry for money in exchange for signing a key piece of legislation.

The US Attorney also alleges Rod Blagojevich was in a hurry to raise money before a new campaign finance law took effect.

You won't be able to hear the recordings before the jury does. The files are only being posted after they are introduced in court. The FBI recorded an estimated 500 hours of conversations. Not all will be played for the jury.

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