Rod Blagojevich plans to take the stand and testify in his own defense at his retrial on federal corruption charges, the Sun-Times reported, and plans to call Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. too.
At his first trial, Blagojevich had promised to testify, and then in a surprise move, the defense rested their case without calling a single witness. This trial, Blagojevich has left the possibility of testifying open but has not promised it publically.
Citing inside sources, the Tribune reported Blagojevich has been preparing to take the witness stand and is making plans to testify.
Nevertheless, defense attorney Lauren Kaeseberg said "no final decision" had been made regarding whether Blagojevich will testify and they were still considering what to do.
The defense will start presenting its case in court Wednesday morning. They have said they expect to take roughly three days, and said they would call witnesses “of prominence.”
No new subpoenas were issued for the retrial, but the defense renewed those issued for the first trial, which included Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., Sen. Dick Durbin, Sen. Harry Reid and White House Aide Valerie Jarrett.
Emanuel has said he would take the stand if called.
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