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After oral arguments in Mark Hagen trial, listen to the transcript in the Felicity Huffman case

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More information about the confidential calls played in the federal corruption trial of former “The Sopranos” executive producer Mark Hagen has been revealed as jurors begin deliberating the case of actress Felicity Huffman and others on bribery charges. The jury will now consider Huffman’s fate.

In the conversation played in court, Hagen explained to one of the others that he was being pressured into some “fun, shakedown stuff.”

Here’s what we know: “I’m being told there’s a very good attendance record at both Yale and Columbia but I’m just being directed that if I want to be good at my job I need to go to Duke,” one of the men who was participating in the calls said. “You don’t hear much about Duke and I think they turned me down twice for an award.”

Hagen was having a similarly hard time getting accepted to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Hagen testified that when he tried to change the college course he was applying to, he discovered that a number of the other people involved with his applications had been ratted out to admissions officers and were denied admission.

Some of those individuals were one of Huffman’s close friends, another who had lied to Huffman’s wife’s family about being in graduate school, or someone who sold a car to Huffman’s assistant, prosecutors say.

“She’s pals with a lawyer. The lawyers can go play golf and hook up. He’s not going to change his name,” Huffman’s husband, actor William H. Macy, reportedly said. “He’s going to Yale.”

“I just read about [the guy with the car scam],” Huffman said. “So maybe he’s going to Yale. And I’m like, ‘Okay,’ ” Hagen said.

“I don’t know if the lawyers are out there a bunch of times, but maybe he is,” Huffman said.

Duke is where Huffman ended up, where she finished her first semester last fall. The university has consistently been mentioned in testimony in this trial.

This post has been updated.

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