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Antoin "Tony" Rezko, shown here in 2008, was sentenced to 10 1/2 years for corruption as a top fundraiser for ousted Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich. He gets credit for time served since 2008. (Associated Press)

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Former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich on Tuesday continued to deny all claims of wrongdoing against him, saying he never withheld money from a children's hospital or tried to shake down a builder in exchange for campaign cash. (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich and wife Patti arrive at court earlier this month for his second trial in Chicago. Blagojevich, who was convicted of one count of lying to the FBI in his original trial, faces 20 federal counts at his second trial.

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Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich and his wife, Patti, arrive at federal court in Chicago for final jury selection and opening arguments in his second corruption trial. Blagojevich, convicted in his original trial on one count of lying to the FBI, faces 20 counts this time. (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich arrives at federal court, briefcase in hand, as jury selection continues in his second corruption trial on Monday in Chicago. Blagojevich, who was convicted of one count in his original trial, faces 20 counts at his second trial.

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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)

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Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich is a guest host on WLS-AM's popular "Don Wade and Roma" show recently in Chicago. A judge has turned down a motion to cancel Blagojevich's second corruption trial and proceed straight to sentencing the impeached former governor on a lone conviction from his first trial. (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich talks with reporters as he leaves his home with daughter Annie on Wednesday. The failure to win conviction on more charges in Blagojevich's case is another setback in a string of recent corruption cases.

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PUGNACIOUS: Former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich (left) was convicted in a Chicago federal court on Tuesday on one felony count of lying to the FBI. The jury could not reach on a verdict on 23 other counts. (Associated Press)

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Former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich talks defiantly to the news media at the federal court building in Chicago on Tuesday, with wife Patti next to him, after being convicted on one felony count of lying to the FBI. But prosecutors said they would retry him on the 23 other corruption and fraud charges. (Associated Press)

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Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich talks with Darrell Murphy as he arrives at federal court Tuesday for closing arguments in his corruption trial. The case now is in the jury's hands. (AP Photo)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Former Ilinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich acknowledges reporters and onlookers as he leaves the federal court building in Chicago after telling the judge in his corruption trial he will not testify.

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Associated Press Robert Blagojevich (above) and his brother, ousted Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich, are accused of scheming to sell or trade President Obama's old Senate seat from Illinois.

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** FILE ** Former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich arrives at the federal courthouse in Chicago on Tuesday, July 13, 2010, for his corruption trial. (AP Photo)

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Robert Blagojevich, brother of former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich, faces charges in a federal corruption trial. (AP Photo)

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ON TAPE: Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich arrives at federal court Wednesday in Chicago for his corruption trial. He is featured on FBI tapes being played in court. (Associated Press)