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Blagojevich opts not to testify, says gov’t proved he’s innocent

<p>Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich opted not to mount a defense in his corruption case, saying yesterday the government had proved only that he talked too much.</p>

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich opted not to mount a defense in his corruption case, saying yesterday the government had proved only that he talked too much.


“The government in their case proved my innocence. They proved I did nothing illegal. And there was nothing to add,” Blagojevich said outside court after his lawyers declared they would call no witnesses, effectively ending the trial.


He admitted some of the conversations captured on FBI audiotapes revealed that he often brainstormed “stupid” ideas, but he said “the government proved that I never took a corrupt dollar.


“I’ve learned a lot of lessons from this whole experience and perhaps the biggest lesson I’ve learned is that I talk too much,” he added.