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Blago Takes One Last Stab at Influencing the Jury

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The former governor calls the start of his corruption trial "a new beginning" and "a historic day."

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Rod Blagojevich had a message Tuesday morning for the people who will likely be selected to sit on the jury in his corruption trial.

It sounded a lot like commisseration.

"[They'll] be committing their time and giving up a lot of their summer -- quite possibly all of their summer -- to do their public service and sit in judgement of a member of the community," Blagojevich said. "They'll be the ones who will ultimately show exactly what has happened here."

The implication being: I feel for you guys; please find me innocent. 

Blagojevich marked what is expected to be the first day of his trial with optimism.  

"Now today, the truth will finally come out with opening statements. I can finally tell you all the things I've been dying to tell you for the last year and a half."

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