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Blagojevich: I trusted law school roommate Lon Monk 'infinitely'

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Reporting with Natasha Korecki and Abdon M. Pallasch

Defense layer Aaron Goldstein is getting Rod Blagojevich to testify about his budding friendship with Lon Monk, who would one day become his Chief of Staff and later testify against him for the government.

Blagojevich says he met Monk while abroad at law school. The two went to Pepperdine in Malibu, California. He said he recognized Monk as a student in the program while touring the city on a double-decker bus. Blagojevich said "hi."

"It didn't take long while we were there in London, what was the beginning of a lifelong, very close friendship," Blagojevich said.

Monk, too, liked to run. On the stand, Blagojevich cops to having "a certain narcissism" when it comes to his need to stay in shape.

Watching her husband testify from across the room, Patti has her hands clasped, nervously fiddling her thumbs. She smiles when he says he could study law better in London.

Blagojevich talks about how he nearly failed out of law school and kept it a secret from everyone but his family. But one day, he told Monk.

"Those are the kind of little things that bond you with someone," he said. "There are friends that you love in a real friend way, not in a, you know what I'm talking about. I love Lon. That's why he was so important to me, that's why he was at my wedding..."

He trusted Monk "infinitely," he adds.

While all this personal history goes on, some jurors react. One looks extremely annoyed by the testimony. Another has her hand on her chin, still engrossed. One is "resting" her eyes.

And one lone juror is taking copious notes. Still.

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