Judge in Rod Blagojevich case limits defense arguments

For example, comments by counsel or witnesses along the lines, 'If it was up to us, we would play all the tapes,' are improper.”

— Judge James Zagel

Prosecutors had asked the judge to block the argument by the defense that it should be able to play all the undercover recordings made of Blagojevich in the fall of 2008 — something the ex-governor has repeated publicly multiple times.

Prosecutors also asked the judge to keep out argument over Blagojevich's impeachment as an issue at the trial, as well as mention of the apparent suicide last fall of former Blagojevich fundraiser and close friend Christopher Kelly.