Blagojevich Kicks Off Book Tour, Blasts Prosecution

By Phil Rogers and Steve Bryant
|  Tuesday, Dec 8, 2009  |  Updated 5:33 PM CDT
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In the midst of federal attempts to re-indict Rod Blagojevich, the former governor suggested today that he wanted to be in court as soon as possible.
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In the midst of federal attempts to re-indict Rod Blagojevich, the former governor suggested today that he wanted to be in court as soon as possible.

"I wish my trial could've been held right away," Blagojevich said to a modest-sized crowd inside a University of Chicago bookstore. "And then I'd still be governor now."

The signing is Blago's first since releasing his memoir, "The Governor", in September, and comes on the eve of the one-year anniversary of his indictment.

Blago's appearance also comes as federal prosecutors say they may re-indict Blago to help avoid problems with a possible U.S. Supreme Court decision on the honest services statute.

Last month, Blago's attorneys sought to delay his trial in consideration of that Supreme Court decision, which is expected to be considered this month.

Instead of considering a trial delay, prosecutors will just charge the former governor with something new.

"It's interesting," Blagojevich said. "My accusers like to change their story and are now giving another story and another set of circumstances. My story has never changed."

Blagojevich is scheduled for another public appearance next week when he debates Columbia College professor Dan Rybicky on the merits of the Elvis film Viva Las Vegas.

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