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Blagojevich defense to call last witnesses

Blagojevich defense to call last witnesses
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 3:19am

Lawyers for Rod Blagojevich are expected to call their last two witnesses now that the ousted Illinois governor has finished testifying.

The presiding judge said prosecutors could also be ready to present their closing arguments Wednesday.

It's unclear who the last two witnesses are. The defense has called three witnesses already. Blagojevich was on for seven days, describing his poor childhood, denying all allegations and even acknowledging under cross-exam that he's a convicted liar.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. also testified for the defense.

Judge James Zagel says he expects the jury to begin deliberating Thursday after the defense presents its closing.

Blagojevich is accused of seeking to sell or trade President Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat and shaking down business executives for campaign donations.

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