A new count against Blagojevich

May 27, 2011

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Blagojevich attorney Sheldon Sorosky in the lobby of the Dirksen federal court building.

A spokesman for Rod Blagojevich says the former governor plans to testify in his corruption retrial.  However Blagojevich's attorneys aren't yet saying for sure one way or the other.  If he does testify it comes on the heels of a terrible day in court for the defense Wednesday.

They called Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to the stand.  He testified for only four minutes.

They also called Jesse Jackson Jr. who said he never offered Blagojevich money in return for being appointed to Barack Obama's old senate seat.

But under cross examination by prosecutors, Jackson offered up a whole new allegation of extortion.  He says Blagojevich asked for a $25,000 dollar campaign contribution but Jackson didn't pay.  Later Jackson's wife Sandi applied for but was denied a job in the Blagojevich administration.  At a subsequent meeting Jackson says the governor referred to the job and snapped his fingers and pointed in an Elvis like way and said quote, "you should have given me that $25,000."

Jurors wouldn't have heard this story if Blagojevich's lawyers hadn't called Jackson to the stand.  The anedote is like an additioinal criminal count against the former governor compliments of his own defense team.