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Judge says Blagojevich needs to tone down spending-spree testimony

CHICAGO (AP) -- A judge at the retrial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has said prosecutors should tone down sensational testimony offered at the first trial about lavish spending by Blagojevich and his wife.  

Judge James Zagel made the comment late Tuesday after another round of questioning of potential jurors. A jury hasn't yet been impaneled.  

Prosecutors introduced evidence about the governor and his wife spending more than $400,000 on clothes in a six-year shopping spree before his 2008 arrest.  

The defense has argued that evidence was designed merely to make Blagojevich look bad, not to support any illegality.  

Zagel says the government can broach the subject again but shouldn't go "over the top."  

Zagel said on balance, the defense was more prone to exaggeration at the first trial than prosecutors.  

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