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Robert Blagojevich: "I feel bad for my brother."

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Reporting with Natasha Korecki, Dave McKinney, Chris Fusco and Abdon Pallasch

Shortly after learning that he would have to withstand a re-trial, Robert Blagojevich told the media that he would once again proclaim his innocence in what he called a "surreal" experience.

"I have lived through the most surreal experience anyone could live through," Robert Blagojevich told a crowd of reporters minutes ago in the lobby of the Dirksen Federal Building.

Robert again described his prosecution as a "slow bleed," both emotionally and financially.

But despite it all, he said, "I don't feel in any way deterred in my ability to articulate my innocence," adding that he would not cut a plea deal.

Robert also expressed sympathy for his ex-governor brother, who was just convicted of making false statements to the FBI.

"I feel bad for my brother," Robert said. "I feel bad for him."

Asked about his relationship with Rod, Robert responded, "I don't comment on my relationship with my brother." In the past, he's been pretty open about it, saying their relationship is "strained."

Robert's attorney, Michael Ettinger, said he would again explore the possibility of getting Robert his own trial when he is tried again -- separate from his brother's.

Ettinger said Judge Zagel has already shot down that request once. The attorney also said he might change up the case for a retrial by calling additional witnesses.

Robert said he "absolutely" felt he made the right decision in testifying, and sees no reason why he wouldn't testify again in the retrial.

"I've got a little practice under my belt now," he said.

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I have known Robert Blagojevich for 20 years. I have always found him to be an honest man and a good friend. His only crime is loving his brother and believing his brother when told he needed someone honest that he could trust to help him in his campaign. Why is this upstanding man...who spent many years in service to our country...who has led an exemplary life.... and worked for only 4 months on his brothers campaign.....why is this man being put through the ringer? Why are taxpayer dollars being wasted to retry this innocent man whom the majority of jurors found not guilty? It sounds like typical Chicago politics, not justice.

Robert H Franke

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