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Ex-Guv Blagojevich In Upbeat, Glad-Handing Mood

Updated at 1:01 pm — As expected, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich told the federal district judge presiding over his corruption trial that he wouldn't take the stand in his defense

NPR's Cheryl Corley reports by BlackBerry from the Dirksen Federal Building in downtown Chicago that:

Blago told the judge that he had discussed the decision to rest his case with his attorneys fully and completely and it was his decision based on the advice of his attorneys.

During a break without jury present, Blago signed autographs for the general public in the court room.  Jury won't be back until Monday. (Presuming that's when closings will take place. Not confirmed yet.)

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NPR correspondent Cheryl Corley, who's at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse in Chicago monitoring the trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, tells us that the one-time public servant on trial for corruption charges arrived in an apparently upbeat mood.

From Cheryl's BlackBerry:

Blago has just come up to the courtroom. His (greeting) to reporters and others: "Welcome to the trial". The glad-handing continued and he greeted local reporter Carol Marin with a hearty "Hi Carol" and then headed into the courtroom...

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