Peter Slevin
Washington Post
July 21, 2010

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CHICAGO — The pugnacious former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich (D) did something rare in his history on Wednesday: He retreated.

After vowing for months to testify at his federal corruption trial, Blagojevich concluded that the risk was too great. His attorneys told U.S. District Judge James Zagel that the usually talkative former governor will remain silent.

The defense rested its case without calling a single witness. The prosecution also rested Wednesday morning, and closing arguments in a trial that had been expected to stretch through the summer will begin early next week.

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