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Jun 9, 2011 5:33 PM by Greg Boyce

Defense begins presenting case in Blagojevich trial

CHICAGO (AP) - The defense has begun making its final arguments at the corruption retrial of ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Defense attorney Aaron Goldstein started his closing Thursday.

He says Blagojevich never made one shakedown or demand. Prosecutors wrapped up their closing arguments earlier in the day. Government attorney Carrie Hamilton walked jurors through the charges against Blagojevich and said their evidence proved him guilty.  Blagojevich faces allegations including that he sought to sell or trade President Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat. He's also accused of trying to shake down executives by threatening state decisions that would hurt their businesses. He has denied any wrongdoing.

Jurors could start deliberating as soon as Thursday.

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