Evidence in the Blagojevich Corruption Case is Stolen from Chicago Law Firm
At least one computer containing evidence in the corruption case against former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was stolen in an overnight burglary of the offices of Mr. Blagojevich's attorneys, the Chicago Tribune is reporting.
The computer or computers contained undercover audio recordings from the corruption investigation, the Tribune reports.
The offices of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's defense lawyers have been robbed and police said thieves made off with eight computers and a safe.
Investigators were interviewing the attorneys, trying to determine whether any data related to Blagojevich's federal fraud case were on the computers' hard drives, the Associated Press reported.
Although Chicago Police continue to investigate an early-morning break-in Friday at the law offices of Sam Adam Jr., one of the lawyers representing ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Adam and other members of the Blagojevich defense team says the thieves took none of the files, tapes, DVDs or other materials relating to the case.
Asked if the 3 a.m. break-in is a "Blago-Gate," Adam laughed and said, "No, it is not. It happens to be a situation in which we were burglarized. The entire building was."
The thieves tripped an alarm at 2:56 a.m., and police arrived within minutes at the law offices, at 6133 S. Ellis Av.
Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich has always maintained he wants the public to hear all of the undercover government recordings in his federal corruption case, and now maybe he'll get his wish.
Chicago police were looking into an early-morning burglary Friday at the South Side offices of his lawyers. Computers containing copies of the nearly 500 hours of recordings in the Blagojevich case and other sensitive evidence were stolen, sources said.
It was unclear whether the burglary was carried out by thieves knowing what they were after or was a smash-and-grab by criminals looking for cash or easy-to-move merchandise. But the burglars didn't appear to be terribly sophisticated, setting off an alarm about 4 a.m.
At least eight laptops and a safe were stolen, sources said.