Attorney for Rod Blagojevich's Brother Provides Opening Statement

He's not a politician. He's a businessmen. He never shook anyone down.”

— Michael Ettinger, Attorney for Robert Blagojevich

Stealing a page from Rod Blagojevich’s playbook, the attorney for his accused brother Robert Blagojevich stressed his client's blue-collar upbringing and love of country during opening statements.

Attorney Michael Ettinger detailed Robert Blagojevich's childhood on the Northwest Side, where he graduated from Lane Tech High School and was a star catcher on the school's baseball team. After a bicep tear ended his college athletic career, he joined the ROTC to help pay for college.

Robert Blagojevich is accused of helping the former governor corruptly run his campaign fund in the final months before his arrest in late 2008. Robert, a Republican, married his college sweetheart and joined the Army after graduating from the University of Tampa. He was stationed in Germany for several years before settling in Nashville, his wife's hometown.