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Eating humble pie may prove tough for Mr. Blagojevich, who is known to have a temper. And it may be difficult for him to erase the impression jurors have received from the tapes so far, on which he has been highly profane, reserving choice epithets for Mr. Obama and Senate leaders.

Prosecutors aren’t going to make it any easier for him.

“He’s the star,” said Roosevelt University political scientist Paul Green, who has been on hand for much of the trial. “You know they’re going to be gunning for him.”