Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich testified in his retrial on federal corruption charges Thursday, saying he had waited two and a half years for the opportunity.
“I used to be your governor and I’m here today to tell you the truth,” Blagojevich said. Last summer, defense attorneys backed out of their promise to put him on the stand in his first trial, which resulted in a hung jury on all but one count. On Thursday, Blagojevich seized his turn as a witness.
Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will return to the witness stand in his corruption trial Friday with one of the most explosive allegations against him still unaddressed: that he tried to sell or trade President Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat.
An unmuzzled Blagojevich launched the campaign of his life Thursday, taking the stand for the first time since his legal saga began in an attempt to sway jurors with the same charm and chattiness that helped him twice get elected governor.
Rod Blagojevich captivates a crowd - but is he still convincing?
The 15 women and 3 men in the jury pool at his political corruption retrial initially hung on every one of the many words the former governor delivered from the witness stand, meeting his gaze as he gestured toward them and told lengthy tales of his working-class roots and complicated motivations.