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Less is more at retrial of ex-Governor Rod Blagojevich

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By Afton Spriggs By Afton Spriggs


CHICAGO (AP) -- Prosecutors at ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's corruption retrial have been guided in the first few weeks of their case by the adage "less is more."

They've cut out extraneous details from the first trial to streamline what the original jurors complained was an overly complicated case.

Blagojevich faces a host of corruption charges that include allegations he schemed to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama's former Senate seat.

So prosecutors have nixed testimony from last year including that the then-governor sometimes hid in an office bathroom to avoid his budget director. Details of his lavish shopping also have been tossed.

The moves should help cut down on juror confusion. But there are risks, as jurors impressed by sheer volumes of evidence could be left wanting more.

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