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Closing arguments have begun in Blagojevich trial

Posted by wlpo on July 26, 2010

CHICAGO (AP) – Federal prosecutors have begun closing arguments in the corruption trial of ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

It’s their last pitch to jurors after a seven-week trial that’s been littered with names like Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel and Jesse Jackson Jr.

Prosecutors, Blagojevich’s lawyer and an attorney for his co-defendant brother are squaring off for what could be up to eight hours of closing arguments.

Monday’s main showdown will be between two methodical prosecutors and the ousted governor’s fiery defense attorney.

Blagojevich and his brother, Robert Blagojevich, have pleaded not guilty in an alleged scheme to sell the Senate seat Obama gave up when he was elected president, and plotting to illegally pressure people for campaign contributions.

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