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Blagojevich: I never shook down Children's Memorial Hospital CEO

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Reporting with Natasha Korecki

Rod Blagojevich testified he never shook down the CEO of Children's Memorial Hospital, never held up a pediatric rate increase while he waited for that CEO to hold a fundraiser and never demanded or threatened that CEO.

Blagojevich is accused of demanding a fundraiser from that CEO, Patrick Magoon, as Children's waited on the governor to implement a promised increase in pay for pediatric doctors serving Medicaid patients.

Raising the ire of U.S. District Judge James Zagel, defense lawyer Aaron Goldstein continues to get emotional and long-winded answers from Blagojevich, eventually resulting in a sidebar. Following the sidebar Zagel told Goldstein to fast-forward to a specific meeting Blagojevich had with Magoon.

Yet Goldstein still manages to get this answer from his client: "Children's Memorial Hospital is a very personal place for me," Blagojevich testified. "I had a cousin who died there when he was 12 years old."

An exasperated Zagel has his hand on the side of his face as he scolds Goldstein, saying the issue was just discussed at sidebar.

"It's a breach," Zagel tells him.

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