Reporting with Natasha Korecki
That didn't take long: Blagojevich's famous caught-on-tape quote about the "effin' golden" Senate seat has already been presented to the jury during the prosecution's opening statement, given by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Niewoehner.
"You're going to hear him say, I've got this thing and its effin' golden, and I'm not giving it up for effin' nothing," Niewoehner said, while Blagojevich shifted in his chair. "It was his thing, his golden thing. He was going to get something for himself in exchange for it. And you're gonna hear him set out to do it."
While he discussed the quote, the prosecutors displayed it to the jury on a large screen.