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Did Blagojevich really come from 'Nothing?'

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U.S. District Judge James Zagel takes issue with Blagojevich's rags-to-riches story when his attorney, Carolyn Gurland recounts Blagojevich's background.
"He came from a Serbian immigrant family. His father spent four years in a Nazi Serbian war camp..."
"He worked on the Alaskan pipeline... He met Patti and began dating..." Gurland said.

Zagel stopped Gurland, and referenced an interview the ex-governor had earlier submitted to with the Probation Department in which he said he "came from nothing."

"Stop for a moment - I have a question. You say, 'he came from an immigrant family.' It was intact. [His father] taught his sons the value of hard work. He has produced two accomplished and successful children,. Why is this 'nothing?' I don't understand this. This is the backbone of America. This is the classic American story. This is not 'nothing,'" Zagel says.

Gurland assures Zagel she was not downplaying the hard work of Blagojevich's parents but merely pointing out that he had humble origins.

Zagel is the son of Polish immigrants.

Breaking for lunch.

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