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Blago Takes One Last Stab at Influencing the Jury




    The former governor calls the start of his corruption trial "a new beginning" and "a historic day." (Published Tuesday, June 8, 2010)

    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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