Reporting with Natasha Korecki and Abdon M. Pallasch
Rod Blagojevich's testimony continues, bordering at times on the absurd. He's diving into his love for history and his post-grad life.
"I had a man-crush on Alexander Hamilton," says Blagojevich, who has a well-known tendency to talk history. He's talking about everything from his Shakespeare class to his poor performance on the LSAT -- he was under the 50th percentile both times he took the test to get into law school, he said.
He talked about his Serbian name, Milorad, which means "happy worker" (his brother's means "God's gift").
He recalls his days as a college student and just after: "Those were the days when your hairbrush was an extension of your hand."
He keeps looking at the jury as he's talking, trying to work them. He's not getting much back.
Blagojevich continues to go off an tangents "just as an aside," but the testimony is mostly moving chronologically through his education.
"Do you want to ask the questions?" he says to defense lawyer Aaron Goldstein after talking for quite a few minutes, as prosecutor Reid Schar's eyebrow raises, seemingly in agreement. "I'm sorry."