Defense Rests With No Word From Blagojevich Despite Promise To Testify

July 22nd, 2010 - 8:51 pm ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

Blagojevich Corruption Probe July 22 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Although he had promised to testify in his own defense, the defense in the case against Rod Blagojevich has rested, without a word from the former Governor of Illinois. Contrary to his promise, Blagojevich told the US District Judge James that will not take the stand in his own corruption trial.

The defense immediately put it’s case to rest, and closing arguments are set to begin on Monday. Blagojevich told the court that his father/son lawyer team had not agreed as to whether or not he should testify, and he had finally gone with the father’s advice.

“Sam Junior still at this moment wanted me to testify and frankly, so did I,” Blagojevich said. He added that the group had discussed whether or not he should take the stand until late n the night on Monday.

Blagojevich explained, “Sam Adam Sr.’s most compelling argument and ultimately the one that swayed me was that the government in their case proved my innocence. They proved I did nothing illegal and that there was nothing further for us to add.”

He continued on to say, “In the tapes that the government played, they proved as I said all along that I did nothing illegal. In fact they proved that I sought the advice of my lawyers and my advisers. They proved that I was on the phone talking to them, brainstorming about ideas. Yes, they proved some of those ideas were stupid, but they also proved some of the ideas were good.”

He ended his explanation, “Now I also would like to say that I’ve learned a lot of experiences from a…I’ve learned a lot of lessons from this whole experience and perhaps maybe the biggest lesson I’ve learned is that I talk too much.” And he grabbed his wife’s hand, and walked out of the courtroom, deciding, for this one time, to keep his mouth shut.

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