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3 years 1 month ago

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...

3 years 11 months ago

Blagojevich guilty on one count

CHICAGO (AP) - A federal jury has found ex-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich guilty of one count of lying to federal agents, and the judge says he intends to declare a mistrial on the remaining counts. U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald says the government is already getting ready for a retrial...

3 years 11 months ago

Blagojevich jurors want more guidance

CHICAGO (AP) - The judge in former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's corruption trial says he has called attorneys to the courtroom to read another note sent by jurors. No other details were immediately available, and it wasn't known what time attorneys would gather at Judge James Zagel's courtroom. Jurors...

4 years 4 days ago

Blagojevich will not testify

CHICAGO (AP) - Rod Blagojevich's attorneys say the ousted Illinois governor will not testify at his corruption trial. Blagojevich had long pledged to take the stand in his own defense, saying for months that he wanted to do so to set the record straight. But his attorneys initially said...

4 years 5 days ago

Blago expected on the witness stand today

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is expected to step into the witness box at his corruption trial. Prosecutors will finish cross-examining his brother, who also is charged. For most of the trial, Robert Blagojevich faded into the background. But on Monday, the sometimes emotional older brother told jurors...

4 years 1 month ago

Blagojevich jury hears recordings

CHICAGO (AP) - Jurors in Rod Blagojevich's corruption trial are hearing tapes on which the former Illinois governor talks excitedly about getting "something big" in exchange for appointing a friend of the president to his old Senate seat. The tape was secretly recorded the day after Barack Obama was...

4 years 1 month ago

Key witness takes stand in Blagojevich trial

A longtime member of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's inner circle has taken the stand in his corruption trial to testify against him. Alonzo Monk is considered a key witness. Prosecutors say he was part of a tight group around Blagojevich who pressed companies for campaign cash on Blagojevich's...

4 years 1 month ago

Opening statements begin in Blagojevich trial

A federal prosecutor says former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was trying to use his power of government to get something of personal benefit for himself. Federal prosecutor Carrie E. Hamilton is making the opening statement for the government at the corruption trial of the former governor. She says Blagojevich...

4 years 6 months ago

Blagojevich: I'm 'blacker than Barack Obama'

Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says he's "blacker than Barack Obama" and tells Esquire magazine that he was a real person in a political arena dominated by phonies. Blagojevich, referring to the president as "this guy," says Obama was elected based simply on hope. "What the (expletive)? Everything...

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