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Prosecutor: 'It's not about the success. It's about the attempt.'

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Reporting with Natasha Korecki

After a delay this morning, jurors are in the courtroom and at least 10 are taking notes as prosecutor Carrie Hamilton resumes the prosecution's closing argument.

Hamilton starts off once again on the Senate seat charges, outlining what's legally required to convict Rod Blagojevich of the different counts against him, beginning with an attempted extortion charge.

"This is an attempt charge," Hamilton explains to jurors. "It's not about the success. It's about the attempt."

She's addressing what's long been viewed as a weakness of the case -- that Blagojevich was all talk and never actually completed the acts.

Hamilton keeps bringing the charges back to what the prosecution has outlined as the main question they think jurors should consider in deciding whether Blagojevich can be convicted: "Did the defendant try to get a benefit for himself in exchange for an official act?"

Moving onto the Racetrack or Recapture Bill, Hamilton asks the same question.

"Has he tied the campaign contribution to when he signed the bill? You know he did," she tells jurors.

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