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Blagojevich lawyer: 'This is a tale of sound and fury, signifying nothing'

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Reporting with Natasha Korecki

Paraphrasing William Shakespeare, Blagojevich's lawyer Aaron Goldstein told the jury in his opening statement that the trial is "a tale of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

"Nothing": It's a word Goldstein, who, like Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Niewoehner, is wearing a navy blue suit and red tie, is repeating throughout his statement.

"Don't be fooled. Don't be intimidated. Don't get sucked into their 'throw everything against the wall and see what sticks' approach," Goldstein is telling the jury. "After each witness testifies, after each recording is played and after each issue is discussed, ask yourself one simple question: what ended up happening? Time after time after time, you'll be left with the same answer."

There he paused to get water, commenting, "There's so much nothingness, my mouth is dry."

Now Goldstein is describing Blagojevich's relationship with government witness Lon Monk, his former close friend and one-time chief of staff, displaying a picture of Blagojevich, his wife Patti and Monk at the Blagojeviches wedding, where the two ex-friends are dressed in tuxedos.

Blagojevich looks for just one important quality in people, Goldstein said: trust.

"If Rod trusts you, you're in with him," he said. "And Rod trusted Lon, and Lon betrayed Rod."

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