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Blagojevich: Corruption trial a big headache

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July 20, 2010 03:08 PM EST | AP


CHICAGO — Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says his corruption trial has been a big headache.

As the ousted governor headed to lunch Tuesday, the day he may testify, a boy who was touring the court building as part of a children's group asked him if the trial had been that.

Blagojevich responded, "It's one big continuous headache," and shook his head. He added that he expects to be vindicated. He then posed for cell phone photos, smiling and throwing his arms around several of the children.

Blagojevich has pleaded not guilty to taking part in a scheme to sell or trade President Barack Obama's old Senate seat and to plotting to launch a racketeering operation in the governor's office.