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Defense attorney, ex-deputy governor spar over definition of "legitimate"

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Reporting with Natasha Korecki

On another tape, onetime Deputy Gov. Bob Greenlee was heard telling Rod Blagojevich that it would be "totally legitimate" to ask for an appointment for himself in exchange for appointing Barack Obama's friend to the Senate seat.

The word "legitimate" is now causing some debate.

Attorney Aaron Goldstein argues that the word means "lawful"; Greenlee says that's not what he meant at all. He meant "commensurate" or "appropriate," he said.

Goldstein: "Did you say commensurate?"
Greenlee: "No."
Goldstein: "Did you say appropriate?"
Greenlee: "No."
Goldstein: "You said legitimate."
Greenlee: "Yes sir. Those are my words."

Goldstein tries to hand the witness a dictionary, but he doesn't get very far.

"We don't use dictionaries," Zagel tells Goldstein, and the small, red Random House dictionary goes back to the defense table.

Goldstein continues to suggest that Blago was relying on the advice of his deputy attorney, and that advice wasn't proper.

Judge Zagel has called a lunch break. Court will reconvene at 1:45.

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