CHICAGO – Federal prosecutors have spent five weeks showing Rod Blagojevich spewed a river of profanity while lavishing money on his wardrobe and ducking his job as governor of Illinois. But will jurors believe he was a racketeer who schemed to sell or trade Barack Obama's former U.S. Senate seat for personal gain?
The government plans to rest as early as Tuesday, after presenting a case based heavily on wiretaps in which jurors heard Blagojevich saying he wanted something in return for the seat.
"I've got this thing and it's (expletive) golden — I'm just not giving it up for (expletive) nothing," Blagojevich plainly says on one of the most-quoted tapes.
But once prosecutors finish, the ousted governor's defense team is guaranteed to tell jurors that while Blagojevich may have had a vivid imagination, he wasn't the bad guy prosecutors allege.