Prosecutors in Rod Blagojevich corruption trial seek to limit defense's arguments

A little more than six weeks before former Gov.

Rod Blagojevich is to stand trial on corruption charges in federal court, prosecutors on Monday sought to put limits on the kinds of arguments his defense team can make once the proceedings get under way.

The government asked U.S. District Judge James Zagel to keep Blagojevich's lawyers from mentioning the suicide of one-time Blagojevich adviser Christopher Kelly or their desire to play at the trial all of the tapes that were secretly made of the former governor's conversations in fall 2008.

But one of Blagojevich's lawyers, Sam Adam Jr., said the defense contends that Kelly took his own life while he was being pressured by authorities to falsely plead guilty in the case and now the government wants to suppress any mention of his death.

"If I'm wrong, how come the government doesn't want the jury to know it?" Adam said.