Blagojevich relied on advisors

June 1, 2011

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Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich leaving court. (Wildeboer)

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is scheduled to be back on the stand Wednesday.  He's spent about 11 hours over three days testifying and he started addressing the so called senate seat allegations at the end of the day Tuesday.  Those allegations include evidence that's arguably going to be the most difficult for Blagojevich to explain because he's heard on secretly recorded phone calls desperately seeking a high-paying job for himself or his wife.

Blagojevich started his discussion of the senate seat by telling jurors that he talks too much.  He also said that with big decisions he tried to get the perspectives of all his top advisors.  He talked about each of his advisors, going into great detail on their resumes - even mentioning that one was valedictorian in high school.

Blagojevich says he trusted his advisors and relied on them, suggesting that they should have stopped him if he was doing anything illegal.  He also repeatedly said he relied on his general counsel in the governor's office for advice, once again suggesting that he didn't know he was doing anything wrong.