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Blagojevich trial: Closing arguments running long

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Reporting with Natasha Korecki, Dave McKinney and Abdon Pallasch

Rod, Patti and their two daughters said nothing as they walked back into the courtroom after lunch. Rod silently waved to the crowd outside the courtroom.

Back from the lunch break, Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Niewoehner picks up where he left off -- going over each of the charges against Rod Blagojevich and pointing out the evidence that he says proves he's guilty.

Annie is sitting on her mom's lap again. She's restless, at times peeking over to courtroom sketch artists and whispering to her mom, smiling.

Last week, Niewoehner said he'd take about two hours for his closing argument. At this point, accounting for breaks, he's going on 2-1/2.

Judge James Zagel wanted to get through all the closing arguments today. If that's still the case, we may be in for a long day.

Attorneys for the defendants said they would need 2-1/2 hours for their two closing arguments, and once they're done, the prosecution gets a last shot to address the jury. That's supposed to take an hour.

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