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Blagojevich's PR route from shame to fame

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In the days following Rod Blagojevich's arrest 18 months ago, shame hung over the ex-governor's Ravenswood Manor home.

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald announced that Blagojevich had brought Illinois to "a new low." And Blago retreated, braving a swarm of reporters only for his morning runs.

Then he hired publicist Glenn Selig, of The Publicity Agency -- and the game changed.

Since then, Blagojevich has done more than 100 radio, TV and print interviews. He's gotten "fired" by Donald Trump, started a weekly radio show on WLS-AM, and gave an ethics talk to a snickering crowd at Northwestern University.

The questions remain: Will Blago continue his media binge once his trial starts Thursday? And will this strategy do the ex-governor more harm or good?

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Also on Tuesday, attorneys for Blagojevich filed a motion asking Judge James Zagel yet again to start from scratch with selecting jurors for the case.

The defense team has complained that Zagel tossed out three-quarters of the 400 potential jurors who claimed that the trial would be a financial hardship for them.

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