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And that's a wrap. Federal prosecutors rest case in speedy Blagojevich retrial

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In a remarkably slimmed down case, federal prosecutors rested this afternoon in the retrial of former governor Rod Blagojevich.

The prosecution, which had publicly estimated it would take five weeks to put on a case, rested after just 11 days of witness testimony.

After hearing from jurors in Blagojevich's first trial, prosecutors reordered witnesses and cut down their testimony considerably. They also eliminated some witnesses all together.

The prosecution ended safely, with Special Agent FBI Dan Cain on the witness stand. They ended not with a spectacular, expletive-laced recording, but with a video of Blagojevich taking his oath of office as governor.
"I will fully discharge the duties of the office of Governor to the best of my ability," Blagojevich says.

The defense opted not to begin its case today. Attorney Sheldon Sorosky said the defense case would take three days.

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