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Ill. gov: I'm skipping trial because it's 'unfair'

By: AP
By: AP

CHICAGO (AP) -- Impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (bluh-GOY'-uh-vich) says he's boycotting his impeachment trial next week because the process is unfair, not because he's being defiant.

At a news conference Friday, Blagojevich says his constitutional rights are being trampled under the Senate rules because he cannot call the witnesses that he wants.

The two-term governor faces a Senate impeachment trial starting Monday that will determine if he will keep his job. The Senate rules bar testimony from anyone federal prosecutors say would jeopardize the criminal corruption trial against him.

Blagojevich is accused of, among other things, scheming to benefit from his power to name President Barack Obama's replacement in the U.S. Senate.

He has denied any wrongdoing.

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