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Blagojevich defense asks meaning of curse word

CHICAGO (AP) -- The meaning of a four-letter curse word has briefly become an issue at former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's corruption retrial.

A defense attorney asked government witness John Wyma during cross-examination Monday whether the meaning of the word used by Blagojevich in a secret FBI wiretap recording was vague.

The question dealt with a 2008 recording played in court where a foul-mouthed Blagojevich is heard cursing as he says a road-building industry executive better come up with a campaign donation.

Judge James Zagel sustained a prosecution objection to the question before Wyma could answer.

Zagel told Blagojevich attorney Sheldon Sorosky that Wyma isn't an expert on four-letter words. And he joked the defense could attempt to call their own profanities expert when they put on their own case.

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