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Blagojevich chokes up when he talks of meeting Patti; judge calls a lunch break

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Reporting with Natasha Korecki and Abdon M. Pallasch

Rod Blagojevich is talking about his fledgling legal career when the testimony comes to a halt. He was working in defense lawyer Sheldon Sorosky's office when, one day, he met Patti.

But he never quite gets her name out when defense lawyer Aaron Goldstein starts to ask him about it. Blagojevich can't speak; he points at his wife, trying to talk. Patti, red-faced, bursts into tears. Her brother passes his hand over her back.

Long pause.

"Let's take a break," says U.S. District Judge James Zagel.

"Oh no, I'm good, Judge, I'm fine," Blagojevich protests.

But the court breaks for lunch.

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