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Defense files for acquittal, says Blagojevich talk nothing more than 'hot air'

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Rod Blagojevich's defense team filed a motion Wednesday asking that their client be acquitted on all counts against him even as they prepared to launch their defense. That defense called high-profile witnesses Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. to the stand.

"The government has established through its case-in-chief that the purported conversations to which its witnesses testified amount to nothing more than 'hot air,'" defense lawyers state in the motion.

The filing adds that the "parade of government witnesses" didn't prove any crime and that "ideas bounced around" in wiretaps were just that -- ideas..

"...The very most that could be found is that the government may have put in evidence of an attempt to attempt," the filing stated. "That is not a crime."

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