- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - Robert Blagojevich was indicted in 2009 with his younger brother, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, though all charges were eventually dropped against Robert. He writes about the case - and his sibling’s eventual imprisonment - in a new book to be released in April.

The Associated Press received an advanced copy of the book. Here are a few excerpts:

- The book blasts then-U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald for telling reporters on the day of the then-governor’s arrest that the feds had stopped a “corruption crime spree” that would “make Lincoln roll over in his grave.” Writes Robert Blagojevich, “As far as I was concerned, any idea of the presumption of innocence I should have had was long lost before the trial began - starting with Fitzgerald’s comment.”

- Robert saw his brother at their 2009 arraignment and became annoyed that he made no effort to express regret about the legal morass his big brother found himself in. Regarding the meeting, Robert writes: “You expect that he’ll apologize for dragging you into this mess. … Instead, he leans over the table and says, ‘You don’t look like a criminal to me.’ You don’t smile or laugh. This day is not a joke. You look at him without emotion and say, ‘You look like you need a haircut.’”

- To illustrate the tension between them, Robert recounts how Rod once walked over during a court recess at their joint 2010 trial to say Robert was “coming off clean so far.” Robert snapped back angrily: “Of course I should come off clean. I am clean. … This has nothing to do with me.”

- Robert’s legal team made a conscious effort to avoid referring to Robert as “Rob” because they were concerned about the public confusing the allegations against him with his better-known brother’s more serious ones. But during jury selection for the 2010 trial, Robert was alarmed that many would-be jurors did confuse Rob with Rod on their questionnaires. “It was obvious … that most of the prospective jurors had already made up their minds about Rod, and I believed, by default, me,” Robert writes.

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