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Robert Blagojevich's attorney: "They weren't close"

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Up next with opening statements is Michael Ettinger, attorney for Rod's brother, Robert Blagojevich.

"My name is Michael Ettinger and I have the honor of representing retired Lt. Col. Robert Blagojevich," he began.

"I'm going to tell you now, I'm going to tell you until the end," Ettiner continued. "He's innocent. He's an innocent man and he's a great man. And I think at the end, when you've heard all the evidence, you're going to agree with me."

Ettinger is walking the jury through Robert's life -- being careful to call him "Robert" and not "Rob," which could be mistaken for "Rod." That's not the only way he's trying to separate Robert from his more notorious brother.

"He's not a politician," Ettinger said. "He's a businessman."

He's painting Robert as a dedicated military man.

"He's not about money," Ettinger said.

When the two were in college, "They weren't close," Ettinger said.

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