Rod Blagojevich pleads not guilty to revised charges, asks for all tapes to be played

Today I am laying down the gauntlet. I challenge the government, if you're on the side of truth and justice like you say you are, and if this was a crime spree like you claim it was, then don't hide behind technicalities. Play all the tapes.”

— Rod Blagojevich

Disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Wednesday he would testify at his trial this summer and moved to introduce all the secretly recorded Federal Bureau of Investigation tapes that are the basis of the corruption case against him.

After pleading not guilty to a revised indictment that includes 24 counts, the ex-governor struck a familiar combative tone as he addressed reporters.

When his corruption trial begins in June, Rod R. Blagojevich, the former governor of Illinois, wants jurors to be allowed to hear all of the audio recordings — some 500 hours’ worth — that federal authorities secretly made of his telephone conversations.

Rod R. Blagojevich arrived Wednesday at a hearing in Chicago. He pleaded “innocent” to charges in a revised indictment.

In papers filed here on Wednesday, Mr. Blagojevich asked Judge James B. Zagel of Federal District Court to allow far more than just snippets of the calls, some of which have been made public.

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has pleaded not guilty to revised corruption charges.

The charges include trying to sell President Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat.

The revised charges were filed after concerns that the original charges were too vague.

Mr Blagojevich, who intends to take the witness stand, wants the court to hear 500 hours of taped phone conversations to prove his innocence.