Blagojevich Trial: Defense expected to call witnesses

May 19, 2011

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Gov. Blagojevich and his wife Patti in the lobby of the federal court building

Prosecutors have rested their case in the retrial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.  They ended three weeks of testimony this afternoon by going back to the very beginning of Blagojevich's time as governor.  They played a video for jurors from 2003 in which Blagojevich takes the oath of office.

In the video Blagojevich stands with his family and swears to support the constitution and faithfully discharge the duties of the office of governor to the best of his ability.

Defense attorneys are scheduled to begin calling witnesses monday and while they're not saying what they plan to do, they did tell the judge they've been contacting attorneys for potential witnesses indicating that they do indeed plan to put on a defense.  Last time they didn't.

Blagojevich attorney Sheldon Sorosky asked the judge to push their case back a couple days because he says some high profile people that they'd like to call are difficult to schedule.  Judge James Zagel denied the request saying he'll compel witnesses to show up.