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Deliberations Begin Tuesday




    Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, right, talks with reporters at the Federal Court building, with his wife Patti, after his defense team rested without calling any witnesses in his federal corruption trial Wednesday, July 21, 2010 in Chicago.

    Barring any unexpected circumstances, the corruption case against Rod Blagojevich will go to the jury on Tuesday, Judge James Zagel said today. Closing arguments from the prosecution and the defense are likely to conclude on Monday.

    The closing arguments begin Monday morning, and Judge James Zagel said he expects the arguments to last one full day.

    Chris Niewoehner will deliver closing arguments for the government. Sam Adam Jr. will be making closing arguments for Blagojevich. Each is expected to take 2 1/2 hours.

    Zagel also responded to the defense's motion to dismiss today, saying he was "unpersuaded". He entered the motion and continued it, saying he might revisit at least portions of the motion after closing arguments.