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Prosecutors, lawyers clash over Blagojevich papers

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CHICAGO (AP) -- Federal prosecutors are ripping into claims by former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's lawyers that a key document in the ousted governor's corruption case misstates the evidence.

Defense attorneys want the so-called Santiago proffer kept sealed to avoid biasing jurors. It contains a preview of the evidence.

Prosecutors told Judge James Zagel in a fresh filing Tuesday that the document presents the facts accurately.

Prosecutors say potential jurors who might be prejudiced by news media accounts of the evidence contained in document could be eliminated during jury selection.

Blagojevich is due to stand trial starting June 3 on charges of scheming to sell or trade President Obama's former Senate seat and pressuring campaign contributors for money.

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