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Blagojevich trial: Day 8

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Rod Blagojevich's friend and former chief of staff Lon Monk will spend his fourth day on the stand today.

This time though, he'll be answering questions for defense lawyers.
Blagojevich's lead lawyer, Sam Adam Jr. said he plans to spend all day today cross examining Monk.

Day 7 recap: Monk testifies he took part in shakedown schemes with Rod Blagojevich involving extracting $100,000 campaign donation from horse-racing businessman John Johnston while the man was awaiting Blagojevich's signature on legislation that would benefit his industry.

Good for prosecutors: Monk gave specifics about numerous conversations in which Blagojevich time and again asked about the status of Johnston's donation. Monk says Blagojevich kept delaying signing the legislation because he knew it hurt them financially. The more it hurt, the more Blagojevich hoped it would mean Johnston would pull the trigger on a contribution, Monk testified.

Good for Blagojevich: Monk admits he wasn't the good guy here.
He was getting paid $150,000 a year by Johnston to lobby on his behalf. At the same time, Rod Blagojevich was pressuring Monk to pressure Johnston for campaign cash.
Robert Blagojevich's lawyer, Michael Ettinger gets Monk to admit he lied repeatedly to both Blagojevich's in order to benefit himself.

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