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What have prosecutors proven about Blagojevich?

By The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) - Federal prosecutors have spent five weeks showing that 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. They've presented a case based heavily on wiretaps in which jurors heard Blagojevich saying he wanted something in return for the seat.

But once prosecutors finish, the ousted governor's defense team takes over. They're guaranteed to tell jurors that while Blagojevich may have had a vivid imagination, he wasn't the bad guy prosecutors allege.

Blagojevich has pleaded not guilty to corruption charges.

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