Blagojevich on stand for 7th day at retrial

June 7, 2011 - 3:12 AM
Blagojevich Trial

FILE - In this May 26, 2011 file photo, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, arrives at federal court before taking the stand in his second corruption trial in Chicago. Prosecutors at Blagojevich’s corruption retrial will have the time to cross-examine the former Illinois governor in earnest Monday, June 6, 2011, and will likely start asking him about specifics of his testimony in which he pronounced his innocence. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

CHICAGO (AP) — Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will testify for a seventh day at his corruption retrial.

Prosecutors resume their cross-examination Tuesday and are expected to try once again to discredit Blagojevich's testimony in jurors' eyes.

A sometimes feisty Blagojevich has tried to hold his own against often blistering cross-examination by prosecutor Reid Schar. Blagojevich has shown only occasional signs of fatigue.

Prosecutors haven't said how much more time they'll need to finish their cross-examination. On Monday, they asked Blagojevich about all the main allegations, so they could begin winding down soon.

Schar repeatedly tried to deploy Blagojevich's own words against him.

He would first ask the ex-governor to deny a specific allegation. Schar would then read from transcripts of FBI wiretaps in which Blagojevich's words seemed to contradict that testimony.