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Corruption case against Blagojevich goes to jury

By: AP
By: AP

CHICAGO - The political corruption case against ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is now in jurors' hands.

Closing arguments in the retrial ended Thursday.

Prosecutors walked jurors through the case, saying the evidence
proves Blagojevich used his power as governor to benefit himself,
and he lied to jurors when he denied wrongdoing.

Defense attorneys said Blagojevich never made one shakedown or demand, and attacked the credibility of the government's witnesses.

Blagojevich faces 20 counts, including attempted extortion and
conspiracy to commit bribery.

He's accused of seeking to sell or trade President Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat and trying to shake down executives by threatening state decisions that would hurt their businesses.

His first trial last year ended with a hung jury, with the panel
convicting him of lying to the FBI.


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