Reporting with Natasha Korecki, Dave McKinney and Abdon Pallasch
Rod and Patti Blagojevich have just arrived at the federal courthouse, along with Patti's brother, Rich. The ex-governor was all smiles as he walked in, but when reporters asked how he was feeling, he gave a one-word answer: "Butterflies."
Upstairs on the 25th floor, the media is still cordoned off in the hall outside the courtroom.
"Missed you guys," Rod said as he walked past them.
About 15 minutes later, at about 4:05, Robert Blagojevich and his wife, Julie, have arrived. Sound is up and running in the overflow courtroom, and the judge is entering the courtroom.
There's a heavy tension in the courtroom. Rod looks nervous. He's fiddling with something, fixing his hair. Patti appears exhausted, showing deep circles under her eyes.
Robert and his attorney appear more relaxed, though Robert just let out a big sigh.