Blagojevich To Spend Third Day On Witness Stand

CHICAGO (AP) –  Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is set to return to the witness stand for a third day Tuesday at his
political corruption retrial, which is now heading into its fifth week of testimony.

Blagojevich is getting closer to addressing the most notorious allegation he faces, that he sought to sell or trade President
Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat in exchange for campaign donations or a high-profile job.

His explanation of what he may have meant in conversations — secretly recorded by the FBI — about benefiting from his power to appoint someone to the seat has been much-anticipated.

But it may have to wait a day or two more.

Blagojevich, who denies any wrongdoing, is expected to talk more Tuesday about allegations that he attempted to shake down executives for campaign donations by threatening state decisions that could hurt their businesses.

During his testimony Friday, the focus was on a charge that he tried to squeeze a racetrack owner for money.

But there are other accusations that he hasn’t spoken about in depth: His alleged bid to pressure a children’s hospital CEO for
political donations and a similar alleged squeeze on a roadway-construction executive.



Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press


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