Jul 20, 2010 8:03 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Blago expected on the witness stand today

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is expected to step into the witness box at his corruption trial.

Prosecutors will finish cross-examining his brother, who also is charged.

For most of the trial, Robert Blagojevich faded into the background. But on Monday, the sometimes emotional older brother told jurors he had no part in alleged plans to trade Barack Obama's former Senate seat for campaign funds or a Cabinet post for his sibling.

Rod Blagojevich's attorneys say they'll start their case by calling an FBI agent and a former Blagojevich administration budget official.

They would then call the impeached governor, who has often proclaimed his desire to take the stand.


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