During his corruption trial, former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich pleaded the court, to “Play all the tapes.”
He was referring to the stockpile of secretly recorded phone conversations that federal prosecutors used to convict him of misusing his office.
Blagojevich said the jury would acquit him if they heard all the recordings in their complete context.
That didn’t happen, and Blagojevich is now entering his second year in prison in Colorado, while his attorneys seek a new trial.
That fight landed a victory in the Appellate Court.
The judges are allowing transcripts of all the recordings, including the ones that were not played in court.
The transcripts can be used as evidence to show that Judge Zagel was wrong to exclude tapes during the trial.
If the appelate court rules that Zagel made a mistake, those transcripts will be un-sealed and part of the public record.