Blago Really Wants to Play the F*cking Tapes
By Prescott Carlson in News on Nov 25, 2011 5:00PM
Former Illinois governor and convicted felon Rod Blagojevich is continuing his crusade to have more of the wiretap recordings of him saying naughty, naughty things played in open court.
Before Blago's retrial earlier this year, which resulted in a guilty result on 17 of 20 corruption charges, his attorneys filed a motion to have more than 100 excerpts of phone recordings played in an attempt to prove his innocence. The motion argued that Blagojevich's constant name dropping of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to fill the vacant Senate seat available after the election of President Obama in 2008 was genuine, and showed there was no plan to sell the seat to the highest bidder. That motion was denied.
Now Blagojevich is taking one last bite from the apple. According to the Associated Press, his attorney filed a new motion on Thursday before sitting down at the Thanksgiving table requesting that the recordings be allowed to be played for the judge before Blagojevich's sentencing currently scheduled to take place on Dec. 6. The current motion says that the recordings show that he "deserves a lighter sentence" and that they prove a "lack of ill intent."
While the convictions against Blagojevich carry a collective maximum sentence of 300 years, legal experts have said that he is likely facing a sentence of 8 to 10 years in prison.