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Media Circus Returns to Blago Trial

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Make way for the media once again.

    After a slow start, Rod Blagojevich's retrial attracted lots of attention Wednesday thanks to anticipated testimonies from Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.

    The 25th floor of the Dirksen Federal Building was a mob of media and court watchers before the trial began. The overflow room opened to 52 people, including Jackson's mother.

    Blagojevich made the rounds, shaking hands of those waiting in the spectators line and saying "We're on our way." Patty Blagojevich arrived after, all smiles and chatty.

    First up on the witness stand? Jackson Jr. according to defense attorney Aaron Goldstein.