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Blagojevich: Prosecutors trying to stop me from proving innocence

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM



This time, he didn’t question U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald’s manhood, but there was plenty of bluster and much finger-waving from former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, as he railed against prosecutors on the eve of his retrial.

“It’s not the job of prosecutors to win at all costs,” said Blagojevich, addressing reporters in front of his Ravenswood Manor home Wednesday. “It’s not the job of prosecutors to railroad an innocent man.”

Blagojevich — once again proclaiming his innocence — lashed out at federal prosecutors, saying they are trying to prevent jurors from hearing facts that could prove his innocence.

“I’m renewing my call — every taped conversation, every FBI interview, every scrap of evidence should be released to the public,” said Blagojevich, who timed his news conference for 5:03 p.m. — just in time for the TV news crews to carry it live. “They elected me twice as their governor. They have the right to know what the truth is.”

Blagojevich took no questions, but he took the time to grin and wave at a supporter sitting across the street, holding a cardboard sign that read: “Rod of steel.”

This time last year, on the eve of Blagojevich’s first trial, the former governor challenged Fitzgerald to show up in court and explain why he wouldn’t play all of the secretly recorded tapes in court.

“I’ll be in court tomorrow,” Blagojevich said at the time. “I hope you’re man enough to be there tomorrow, too.”

At the end of his first corruption trial, Blagojevich was convicted of one of 24 counts. The retrial begins next week.



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