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Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich offered more short answers Tuesday in his seventh day of testimony at his corruption retrial, seeming to heed repeated requests from the judge and prosecutors to stop giving chatty answers to "yes or no" questions.
Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich insisted Monday that he never tried to trade President Obama's Senate seat for a job for himself, while prosecutors replayed recorded conversations in which he seems to say otherwise.
A prosecutor at Rod R. Blagojevich's corruption retrial sought to methodically discredit the ousted Illinois governor on the witness stand Monday by repeatedly deploying the same weapon against him: His own words.
Prosecutors wasted no time grilling Rod R. Blagojevich as they began cross-examining the impeached Illinois governor Thursday at his corruption retrial, setting a highly combative tone from the very first question.
Former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich sidestepped the most serious charges against him Tuesday when a federal jury in Chicago found him guilty of only one of 24 charges, lying to the FBI — at least a temporary victory for the Democrat accused of trying to sell the Senate seat once held by President Obama.
Jurors who will now decide the fate of disgraced former Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich have two very different portraits to ponder: The Democrat is either an insecure bumbler who talked too much or a sly, greedy political schemer determined to use his power to enrich himself.
After promising for a year and a half to take the witness stand, former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich is likely to testify in his own defense at his federal corruption trial this week in a long-awaited duel of wits and wills with federal prosecutors.
After promising for a year and a half to take the witness stand, Rod R. Blagojevich is likely to testify in his own defense at his federal corruption trial this week in a long-awaited duel of wits and wills with federal prosecutors.