Blagojevich Publicly Accuses Prosecutors of Thwarting Defense

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich criticized prosecutors on Wednesday for trying to bar his lawyers from telling jurors that wiretaps admitted as evidence against him represent only a fraction of secret recordings made on the eve of his 2008 arrest.

In an impassioned — if orchestrated — speech outside his home Wednesday evening, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich accused federal prosecutors of trying to railroad him by hiding critical evidence from the jury in his upcoming corruption retrial.

“It’s not the job of prosecutors to win at all costs,” said Blagojevich, addressing reporters in front of his Ravenswood Manor home Wednesday. “It’s not the job of prosecutors to railroad an innocent man.”