Opening Statements Delivered in Rod Blagojevich Corruption Retrial

It might be called the low-budget sequel.

In opening statements for Rod Blagojevich’s retrial on Monday, the defense dropped the showmanship, and the prosecution significantly slimmed its case, teasing to far simplified allegations against the former governor.

Since Blagojevich's first trial ended last year with jurors deadlocked on all but one count of lying to the FBI, federal prosecutors have simplified their case and dropped complex charges to address previous juror complaints that the evidence was too difficult to follow.

Prosecutors have streamlined their case against the disgraced former Illinois governor, dropping some of the most complex charges to address complaints by the previous jury that the evidence was too hard to follow.