Defense rests at Blagojevich corruption retrial - KMOV.com

Defense rests at Blagojevich corruption retrial

CHICAGO (AP) -- Defense attorneys for ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich have rested at his corruption retrial.
  
They told Judge James Zagel on Wednesday they're done with their three-week presentation.
  
Blagojevich himself was their star witness. They also called Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., former congressman Bill Lipinski, a former state budget office employee and an FBI agent.
  
Closing arguments should take place soon and jurors would then start deliberating.
  
In their three-week case, prosecutors called 15 witnesses and played FBI wiretaps recordings of Blagojevich as they sought to prove that he tried to sell or trade President Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat.
  
Under cross-examination, Blagojevich occasionally became flustered, but repeatedly denied trying to sell the Senate seat or attempting to shake down executives for campaign cash.
  
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