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Blagojevich transcripts at issue in appeal

Published: Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 1:21 p.m. CDT

CHICAGO — Prosecutors and attorneys for Rod Blagojevich disagree over unsealing wiretap transcripts that are part of the imprisoned former governor's appeal of his conviction.

The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals had said it would open the records Monday.

But citing privacy, prosecutors want them to stay sealed. In a response filed Monday, defense lawyers say transparency should trump other concerns.

Blagojevich is serving a 14-year sentence for corruption, including for seeking to sell or trade President Barack Obama's old Senate seat.

The defense says a lower court barred jurors from hearing certain wiretaps that could have helped Blagojevich. Transcripts of recordings not played at trial were recently submitted to the appellate court, and are the records in dispute.

Blagojevich filed his appeal in July. A ruling is expected soon.

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