Blagojevich attorneys request tapes, Judge James Zagel, Off limits wiretaps, 2 percent played touch Obama

Blagojevich attorneys request tapes, Judge James Zagel, Off limits wiretaps, 2 percent played touch Obama

“Why did Patrick Fitzgerald and the US Justice Department wait until December 2008 to arrest Rod Blagojevich?”…Citizen Wells

“Why did the Illinois Senate Health & Human Services Committee, with Obama as chairman, create and push Bill 1332, “Illinois Health Facilities Planning Act,” early in 2003, which reduced the number of members on the Board from 15 to 9, just prior to rigging by Tony Rezko and Rod Blagojevich?”…Citizen Wells

“I believe I’m more pristine on Rezko than him.”…Rod Blagojevich

From NBC Chicago November 25, 2011.

“Blago Attorneys Want Off-Limits Tapes Heard”

“While most Chicagoans were feasting on their own Thanksgiving dinners, convicted former Governor Rod Blagojevich and his family gathered for what was likely one of the former governor’s last holidays at home before he begins serving a term in federal prison.

At the same time, his lawyers were filing the legal equivalent of a Hail Mary as Blagojevich’s sentencing date approaches.
Blagojevich and his attorneys have asked Judge James Zagel for permission to reference portions of until-now confidential undercover recordings. The tapes were previously branded off-limits by Zagel in April of 2009.

“The defense does not seek to play any wiretap recordings in their entirety,” the lawyers wrote. “The brief excerpts of recordings or transcripts that Mr. Blagojevich is seeking to play in court and to reference in his written sentencing submission…do not involve sensitive, personal, or embarrassing comments about, or references to, any individuals.”

The lawyers reference over 150 tapes. While most involve conversations between Blagojevich and his advisors, at least one features the former governor speaking with his wife and daughters. Several involve then-congressman Rahm Emanuel, and still another feature luminaries as diverse as former school board chief Gery Chico, former alderman Ed Smith, and White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf.”

http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Blagojevich-Blago-Attorneys-Tapes-134487403.html

From Citizen Wells July 18, 2011.

“Rod Blagojevich and his lawyers have long complained that prosecutors and the judge in his two trials were fundamentally unfair, but after his sweeping corruption conviction Monday, only a successful appeal built on that belief stands between the former governor and a possible double-digit prison sentence.
From early denials of Blagojevich’s demands to “play all the tapes” in his case, to U.S. District Judge James Zagel’s limiting of the former governor’s defense at his retrial, Blagojevich has always felt handcuffed, said one of his lawyers, Sam Adam Jr.”

“The appeal will likely argue that in both trials, the judge unfairly barred the defense from playing many undercover recordings critical to its case, severely limited cross-examination of government witnesses and allowed too many jurors who professed bias onto the panel, Adam said.
The government was allowed to play at trial more than 90 of the secretly made recordings of Blagojevich, Adam said, while the defense was allowed just four.
“The jury only got to hear one side of the tapes,” Adam said. “If you do that, you’re going to guarantee a conviction.”
In a mistrial motion filed June 9 as closing arguments were under way, the team of defense lawyers at the retrial accused Zagel of bias and having a “closed mind” on the evidence.”

“The Federal rules on discovery are crystal clear.
“Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure”
“IV. ARRAIGNMENT AND PREPARATION FOR TRIAL > Rule 16.
Rule 16. Discovery and Inspection
(a) Government’s Disclosure.
(1) Information Subject to Disclosure.”
“(B) Defendant’s Written or Recorded Statement.
Upon a defendant’s request, the government must disclose to the defendant, and make available for inspection, copying, or photographing, all of the following:
(i) any relevant written or recorded statement by the defendant if:
•the statement is within the government’s possession, custody, or control; and
•the attorney for the government knows — or through due diligence could know — that the statement exists;”

http://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2011/07/18/blagojevich-appeal-federal-rules-of-criminal-procedure-denial-of-tapes-setup-federal-discovery-rules-clear/

Only 2 percent of the wiretaps were released. From that small amount we learn the following.

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27 responses to “Blagojevich attorneys request tapes, Judge James Zagel, Off limits wiretaps, 2 percent played touch Obama

  1. That commie obama is exploiting the nba for his reelection campaign ! A charity game in his honor.! What. .i suppose the other canadaties will have charity baseball games

  2. Rod Blagojevich (guilty as charged and more) was absolutely right about Axelrod and the media. When is Darrell Issa going to step up and do what needs to be done here. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Keep up the great work CW.

    The Chicago Tribune gets caught again !

    http://illinoispaytoplay.com/2011/11/25/chicago-tribune-writes-“top-blagojevich-adviser-tony-rezko-gets-10½-years”/

  3. Let’s not forget what the Chicago Tribune and Patrick Fitzgerald did for the Obama administration when it came to the John Thomas (FBI mole) cover up.

    http://illinoispaytoplay.com/2011/09/28/patrick-fitzgerald-intrepid-crime-fighter-or-politically-driven-leaker-the-silent-mole-a-complicit-newspaper-part-5/

  4. And who could forget the Chicago Tribune’s very own John Chase warning Rod Blagojevich that the Feds were recording him. Even a blind man can see this pattern !

    http://illinoispaytoplay.com/2011/09/19/u-s-attorney-patrick-fitzgerald-untouchable-crime-fighter-or-politically-driven-leaker-part-1/

  5. Must Remember & Must Share GREAT Information!!!

    “Rosemary Woodhouse
    November 26, 2011 at 1:06 pm said:

    I must respectfully disagree, call. You wrote, “those who have faith know what is coming, and will be devastated.” Those who have faith know what is coming but we will *not* be devastated for we know that after the tribulation comes comfort, joy and eternal life while the adversary is thrown into the abyss for awhile. A world free from evil, sin and temptation. I could quote scripture, but this link explains “fear” and how to avoid it quite well. I hope it brings succor to some.”

    http://www.bible.com/bibleanswers_result.php?id=117

    From: http://drkatesview.wordpress.com/2011/11/26/the-culture-of-the-constitution/#comments

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  6. MICHAEL SAVAGE on BLAGOJEVICH,OBAMA, RAHM EMANUEL CORRUPTION

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    MICHAEL SAVAGE: BIG SISTER IS WATCHING YOU!

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    Michael Savage Takes a Call and Gets Absolutely Fed Up with Liberal Idiocy – April 5th, 2010

  7. Hello…
    I am just checking CItizen Wells, one of my favorite blogs! I notice no post since about 2 am…..just checking that is is still up and running……?!

  8. Citizen WElls setting the bar higher.
    Chicago’s New Media Outperforms Two Old Dying Papers

    http://illinoispaytoplay.com/2011/11/27/chicago’s-new-media-outperforms-two-old-dying-papers/

  9. Whisleblower;

    http://issa.house.gov/

    (769) 599-5000

    I think it would be a good idea that we all give him a call and tell him ourselves…

  10. Thanks Whistleblower.

  11. I know that the Chicago Tribune has done some crummy things, but they also pulled the cartoon from a cartoonist for a few weeks that said some bad things about Sarah Palin a few months ago. Maybe they are seeing the tides turning against Obummer, I don’t know. But I really respected the fact that they stood up for her.

    Unfortunately I live in Chicago and don’t have many choices for local news….

  12. Bessie Potter

    You are absolutely right, it is time for the good citizens of this great country to let Darrell Issa know that we will no longer tolerate the oversight committee ignoring the corruption capital of the U.S., known as Illinois.

    Darrell Issa CA # 760-599-500 Email Darrell Issa ;
    D.C # 202-225-3906

    Darrell Issa’s Chief of Staff
    Dale Neugebauer
    ;
    Phone # same as above.

    I for one will contact them on a regular basis until something is done, and I encourage others to do the same. Lets remind them all who they work for.

  13. “INCRIMINATING TIMELINE: DEMOCRATS PUNT ON FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY”

    By Elisabeth Meinecke
    Deputy Managing Editor, Townhall.com
    Nov 25, 2011 9:00 AM

    Excerpt:

    “The Senate Republican Budget press office sent out this rather incriminating timeline of the Democrats’ complete lack of leadership and responsibility on the deficit issue. We’re now over $15 trillion in debt, and they don’t look like they’re taking it any more seriously than back in January. Case in point: the country still doesn’t have a budget.

    Here’s the timeline sent out by the GOP Budget Committee press office:”

    Read More Here:

    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/elisabethmeinecke/2011/11/25/incriminating_timeline_democrats_punt_on_fiscal_responsibility

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    ~ THE RIGHT PRESCRIPTION ~

    “THE AMERICAN SPECTATOR: THE BELL TOLLS FOR OBAMACARE”

    By Peter Ferrara
    The American Spectator
    November 23, 2011

    Read The Full Article Here:

    http://spectator.org/archives/2011/11/23/the-bell-tolls-for-obamacare

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  14. PLEASE SHARE THIS INFO FAR & WIDE WITH ALL AMERICAN CITIZENS!!!

    “ARAB WINTER”

    By Michael Youssef
    Townhall.com
    November 27, 2011

    Excerpt:

    “After making numerous phone calls and speaking to many Christian leaders in Egypt this week, I have learned that what is really happening on the ground is far removed from the television reporters’ happy endorsement of democracy seekers. To describe what is really going on around the country as “barbaric” would be an understatement. While some of the protestors may be true democracy lovers, the widespread terrorism on display defies all human decency.

    The truth about recent events in Egypt reveals that the country has disintegrated into a total anarchy and barbarianism that would make the Vikings blush.

    Peaceful Christians are being beheaded in their own homes. Their possessions are being carried off as police either stand helplessly by or, for a portion of the booty, turn a blind eye. And surprise, surprise! Nearly all the victims of beheadings were Christians killed by Muslim fundamentalists.

    Not only are the Egyptian Islamists poised to take over the country next Monday if the election is held as scheduled, but these acts of terrorism are serving as propaganda tools to “prove” that they and they alone can bring order to the country with their Sharia law. So, for now at least, these terrorist acts reinforce their cause and agenda.

    So much for President Obama’s “Arab Spring.” When history books are written truthfully, they will reveal that the President’s speech in Cairo, one he insisted the Islamists attend, set this barbarism in motion. Another misstep by President Obama was his demand that his ambassador in Cairo negotiate with what, at the time, was an outlawed entity known as the “Muslim Brotherhood.” This gave the Islamist group a huge comfort level in their push to take over.

    While I cannot enter into the man’s heart or know his motive, I do wonder how Mr. Obama can sleep at night knowing that his misguided foreign policy emboldened pro-Islamists and caused the deaths of thousands of innocent people.”

    Must Read More Here: http://townhall.com/columnists/michaelyoussef/2011/11/27/arab_winter

  15. Starla,

    The uprisings in Africa and the Middle East in just this past year prove there is no doubt that Obama’s presidency has emboldened radical Islamists.

  16. Since it’s a bit slow here today, I’d like to take the opportunity to ask you folks for some advice. Have any of you received the American Community Survey from the U. S. Census? This is a 28 page form that asks a total of 48 questions to be answered for each occupant of the household. There are 21 additional “housing questions”. This form is not to be confused with THE Census taken in 2010.

    A friend received a survey in the mail but did not respond. She received a reminder followed by at least a half dozen phone calls, the last three requesting that she provide the information on the phone. She said that she would never give private information to anyone on the phone.

    Here are most of the questions asked for each individual who resides at the dwelling, up to 5 persons. Additional residents are required to give only name, sex and age but may be called upon later for more information. Does anyone else here think that the government is invading the privacy of American citizens? What repercussion, if any, would she face if she continues her refusal to comply ?

    Sex of the person.
    Age and Birth Date of the person
    Is person of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin
    Race of person
    Where was this person born?
    Is this person a citizen?
    Attended college or school in the last three months?
    What is the highest degree or level of school completed?
    If this person has a bachelor’s degree, what is it in?
    What is this person’s ancestry or ethnic origin?
    Does this person speak any other languages besides English at home?
    How well does person speak English?
    Did person live here 1 year ago?
    Does person have health insurance?
    What type?
    Does this person difficulty hearing or is person blind?
    Because of a physical, mental or emotional condition, does this person have serious difficulty concentration, remembering or making decisions?
    Because of a physical, mental or emotional condition, does this person have difficulty doing errands alone, such visiting a doctor’s office or shopping?
    Marital status.
    Did this person get married, widowed, or divorced in the last twelve months?
    How many times has this person been married?
    What year did person last get married?
    Is person a grandparent responsible for a grandchild living here?
    How long has person been responsible for the grandchildren?
    Has this person ever served on active duty?
    If so, when?
    Does person have a VA service-connected Disability rating?
    What is that rating?
    Did this person work for pay last week at a business?
    At what location did person do this work?
    At what address?
    How did person get to work last week?
    How many people rode with person to work?
    When did person leave house to go to work?
    How many minutes does it usually take?
    Who was person’s most recent employer?
    What kind of business or industry?
    What was person’s most important activities or duties?
    What was wages for the last twelve months?
    What is person’s self-employment income for the last twelve months?
    What are interest and dividends(even small amounts)?
    What are person’s social security or Railroad retirement amounts?
    What are my Supplemental Social Security Income amounts?
    Did person receive any public assistance or welfare payments from state or local welfare offices?
    If so, how much?
    What was person’s total income in the last twelve months?
    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
    What type of house does this person live in
    When house was built(year)
    Is there a business on this location?
    How many separate rooms are in this house, apartment, or mobile home?
    How many of these rooms are bedrooms?
    Does dwelling have
    Hot and Cold Running Water?
    Flush Toilet?
    Bathtub or shower?
    Sink with a faucet?
    Stove or Range?
    Refrigerator?
    Telephone Service?
    How many vehicles of 1 ton or less are kept at this address?
    What fuel is used to heat this house, apartment, or mobile home?
    What was the cost of electricity last month?
    What was the cost of gas last month?
    What was the cost of water and sewer for the past twelve months?
    Did anyone in this household receive Food Stamps?
    Is this house, apartment or mobile home part of a condominium, and if yes, what are the fees?
    Is dwelling owned with a mortgage?
    Is it owned free and clear?
    Is it rented?
    Is it occupied without rent?
    What is the monthly rent for this house, apartment, or mobile home?
    How much would this house, apartment, or mobile home would sell for?
    What are the annual property taxes?
    What is the annual property and flood insurance?
    How much is the regular monthly mortgage?
    Does that include the property taxes?
    Does that include the insurance?
    Is there a second mortgage on this property?
    How much are the monthly payments on all second and junior mortgages?

    The form can be found at …….

    http://www.census.gov/acs/www/Downloads/questionnaires/2011/Quest11.pdf

  17. Jonah | November 27, 2011 at 5:24 pm |

    No way! I would stuff the envelope with junk mail and send it without a stamp.

  18. Jonah, no way would I respond to such a questionnaire! There may be a threat of penalties for repeated failure to file, but I just wouldn’t submit it at all. This seems to me to be unusually invasive and probing. Imagine the nerve to ask for dollar amounts of income, costs, including insurance and property taxes. This is nothing but bureaucrats having run amok. They will continue as long as we let them. Asking where a person is employed is beyond the pale. This must be stopped.

  19. http://www.census.gov/acs/www/about_the_survey/why_were_you_selected/

    Site says 3 million were selected to reply. Link to statute Title 13 suggests a fine of $100 for not answering and $500 for false answers.

    Amazing! Who will defend our Constitution? What happened to pleading the fifth?

  20. Bill G, The problem is that there are just enough folks dumb enough to feel they have to comply and will be led like lambs to the slaughter. If I were to receive one of those I would sit on it until a call came. Then I would raise cain with my congressman and senators. It is unlikely that a fine would be levied, or if it were, it would probably not be enforced. I would NOT comply under any circumstances. Pray tell me, how would the Census Bureau be able to prove false answers for a $500 possible fine?
    That is a threat only. Don’t you think so? As you say, what about the Fifth? Oh, I guess that is for alleged criminals only.

  21. Why haven’t we heard this on the news?
    Cain and Women
    A former receptionist comes forward to dispute the allegations.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/print/283838

  22. “LET THE REAL REVOLUTIONARY POWER
    FLOW THROUGH OUR COUNTRY”

    By Laurie Roth
    © Laurie Roth
    November 26, 2011

    Excerpt:

    “Nowadays, the weapons of destruction come from the wonder boy in the White House, Obama, who is controlled by international powers representing the one-world government push and radical Islam. Yes, just as in the days of Nazi Germany and Adolph Hitler, who combined big government with his love for radical Islam, creating the right ingredients for a yummy “dictator soup,” we see the same strange bedfellows working together today.

    The caliphate push of the Muslim Brotherhood and related Islamic radicals view the UN and environmental groups as useful idiots who also want worldwide control, submission, and redistribution of wealth. “Arab Spring” is one of the contemporary regime-change techniques. It combines the world’s confused definition and easy manipulation of democracy with “oppressed” Islam. The goal is being achieved with total success so far throughout the Middle East. Tunisia is now more radical. Egypt is controlled by the radical Muslim Brotherhood, while hundreds of Christians are being murdered. Syria is unraveling, with soldiers rebelling and citizens being murdered, and Palestine is the usual ship of “victim” fools who attack Israel under the leadership of Iran. Then there is lovely Iran, bolting with all its arrogant strength to nuclear fulfillment and then “expression.” The Madi can only wait so long to come out of the well you know.

    The mythology of focusing all the rage on Wall Street

    Isn’t it interesting, along with the token needy people marching with the Occupy Wall Street tantrum throwers, they have been joined by Muslims across the country. Everyone has a beef now, especially Islamic people, unemployed people who hate capitalism, and leftist mobs from the Van Jones and Soros world who simply hate America and freedom.

    What do Obama, the UN, and other global elites want but one-world government, one-world currency, and an international, controlling court influenced by Sharia and anti-Semitism. Who do you think is in the dead center of the bulls-eye who must be subdued and controlled, but the United States of America.

    I have news for any global elite and Islamic fundamentalist groups who dare to dream America will be brought down. It won’t happen. America will stand brighter and more powerful than before! Americans continue to wake up and notice the REAL evil and threats that attack on many fronts. Obama and progressive leftists are only the tip of the UN American iceberg. Environmental science distortions are quickly turning into high-level fraud to crush American energy, power plants, and the coal industry. It is just a hammer to continue the destruction of business, energy, and jobs. We see our vision is improving to 20-20 now.

    I have tracked these issues and attacks on my national radio show and articles for over 10 years now. Hopefully by now, we are all beginning to understand how threatened the Marxist/Communist leftists and international crowd are by America.

    How open are we?

    Are you and I planning to negotiate with Sharia law, submit to an international tax via the UN, and watch energy and power companies destroyed and Americans sold into slavery by this Obama regime? Are you ready to submit to the final rape of watching our very Constitution be ripped apart by submitting to anything like a forced Obama healthcare bill? NO, NO and NO!

    I refuse to scream “Freedom or death.” Braveheart was a great movie, but our choice is much better. Let’s scream together, “Freedom, America, and the Constitution, or get out.”

    Join up and speak your mind at http://www.rothrevolution.ning.com. You can blog, chat, download your own page, and keep updated. Also, join me daily on my national radio show. You can listen online at: http://www.rothshow.com 3-6 pm PAC each day.

    © Laurie Roth

    Read More Here: http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/roth/111126

  23. Cabby – AZ | November 27, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
    ————————————————————–
    My friend intends to complain to her Congressmen about the survey from the Census bureau and the harassing repeated calls.. But she has Dems Claire McCaskill and Russ Carnahan so she doesn’t expect to get any serious response from them.

  24. Bill G | November 27, 2011 at 9:24 pm |

    http://www.census.gov/acs/www/about_the_survey/why_were_you_selected/

    Site says 3 million were selected to reply. Link to statute Title 13 suggests a fine of $100 for not answering and $500 for false answers.
    ————————————————
    I can’t help but wonder why my friend was selected. She is involved in political issues so could the American Community Survey be used as an instrument by the government to delve into the private lives of certain individuals? Do any of you folks here know anyone else who received this survey? I’d like to think that anyone with enough common sense to see through Obama the Fraud would know not to respond to this invasion of privacy by the government.

  25. Jonah,
    I received one of these community surveys about 3 years ago. It was right after Soetero was elected. I did not fill this survey out and we did receive phone calls and followed up mailings. I eventually called the Kansas City office of the Census Bureau and spoke to some guy there. He assured me that I would not be fined for not complying. I believe it is a form of harassment because of my political leanings.

  26. Obama Explains Why Birth Certificates Don’t Matter

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