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"To have to sit through that and hear all that again ... it's brutal, brutal," Rod R. Blagojevich said with the family dog, Skittles, resting on his lap. Listening to former aides, confidants and once-close friends testify against him was particularly painful, he added. All are expected to take the stand again. (Associated Press)

"To have to sit through that and hear all that again ... it's brutal, brutal," Rod R. Blagojevich said with the family dog, Skittles, resting on his lap. Listening to former aides, confidants and once-close friends testify against him was particularly painful, he added. All are expected to take the stand again. (Associated Press)

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