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Blago Testimony Continues Friday

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May 26, 2011: It was clear Rod was in a chipper mood Thurday morning when he endorsed his limo driver outside of the Dirksen Federal Building.

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Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's anticipated testimony continues Friday morning and could last until Tuesday.

Court is expected to resume at 9:30 a.m., but Judge James Zagel said it will only last a half day and that he will release jurors at noon. 

Blagojevich's long, winding testimony on Thursday turned into an autobiography of his early life that included basketball aspirations, dealing with the loss of his father and how he met his wife, Patti. He also apologized to jurors for his language on secret tapings, saying, "When I hear myself on those tapes, I sound like an F-ing jerk, and I apologize."

Observers said the governor is charming on stand and that his strategy might work to win over jurors, but others were annoyed by the long-winded answers 

"It was like a Lifetime movie, like a seven-part Lifetime movie," Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass told NBC Chicago. 

Still, by the afternoon, the defense began getting to the meat of charges, and Blagojevich denied withholding a grant from a northwest side school and testified he never tried to shake down racetrack owner John Johnston.

Still at issue is whether he tried to sell or trade President Barack Obama's old U.S. Senate seat.

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