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Blagojevich lawyer: 'Sick children were cured because of him!'

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Reporting with Natasha Korecki

In a sometimes heated monologue, defense lawyer Aaron Goldstein took issue with the opening statement delivered by prosecutors earlier today.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Niewoehner said in his opening statement that while Blagojevich was governor he had power over the everyday lives of everyone in Illinois, including those of sick children.

"They told you whether a sick child got healthcare was in his hands," Goldstein said angrily, his tenor increasing and his arms crossed. "No. Say what you want about Rod, no one cared about healthcare more than that guy right there. Sick children were cured because of him!"

"Objection!" came the reply from the prosecutor's table.

"Sustained," replied Judge James Zagel, upholding the prosecution's objection.

It's a back-and-forth that's happened a few times throughout Goldstein's speech, but he continues to charge ahead.

"We'll see what the evidence is," Goldstein retorted.

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