Rod Blagojevich announces that he will testify at his corruption trial

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich will take the stand at his fraud trial but claim his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination if called to testify in a $90 million civil suit, a defense attorney said Friday.

"He is going to look that jury right in the eye and he is going to tell them what he is telling the world, that he is innocent of these criminal charges, and he will say so himself when called to testify at his own trial," Blagojevich attorney Samuel E. Adam said in a brief telephone interview.

But Adam said he and his father, veteran criminal defense attorney Sam Adam, have advised Blagojevich to invoke his constitutional right under the Fifth Amendment if called in the civil suit involving casinos and racetracks.

A defense attorney says former Gov. Rod Blagojevich will take the stand at his fraud trial but will take the 5th Amendment if called to testify in a civil lawsuit in which racetracks and casinos are fighting over money.

Blagojevich attorney Samuel E. Adam said Friday that the former governor was guaranteed to take the stand at his own trial. But Adam said he advised Blagojevich not to testify if called in the suit involving the racetracks and casinos.

The lawsuit involves $90 million four casinos which were forced to pay to five racetracks under legislation signed by Blagojevich. The casinos contend he signed the bills as part of a corrupt deal to get campaign money from a track owner.