Blagojevich Takes the Stand in Corruption Retrial

By WEEK Reporter

May 26, 2011 Updated May 26, 2011 at 10:21 PM CDT

Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich took the stand at his corruption trial Thursday, and in four hours of sometimes rambling testimony outlined his political and personal history.

Blagojevich said he'd -quote - "made a lot of mistakes in my life. I believe deep in my heart that I did follow that oath (of office).

He admitted that he was "vain", that on FBI wiretaps he sounded like a "effing jerk", admitted he was on academic probation in college and didn't learn anything in law school.

He denied trying to make political deals in return for campaign contributions.

Chicago Tribune Columnist John Kass was not impressed by the testimony.

"It went on and on. It was like a Lifetime movie. It was like a seven part Lifetime movie," says John Kass, Tribune Columnist.

The ex-Governor is due back on the stand tomorrow morning.

Blagojevich has yet to talk about his alleged attempt to gain from his ability to appoint a U.S. Senator from Illinois.

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