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Opening Statements Very Important in Rod Blagojevich Retrial: Karen Conti

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The corruption retrial of former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich really gets going this week.

Both sides will present their jury challenges and then will deliver their opening statements.

FOX Chicago Legal Analyst Karen Conti previews what we can expect as opening statements begin.

"Studies show that 80 percent of jurors make up their minds after opening statements," Conti said.

While a lot of lawyers "poo-poo" it, she explained, the opening statements are the first impression that jurors get of what the case is about. Opening statements set the tone.

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