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Ill. Impeachment Prosecutor Makes Opening Remarks

By: AP
By: AP

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The prosecutor in the impeachment trial of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (pronounced blah-GOY'-uh-vich) says his goal is not to punish the governor.

Instead, David Ellis says the goal of impeachment is to protect citizens from someone who has "repeatedly and utterly abused the powers of his office."

Ellis was picked by the Illinois House to present the case in a Senate trial. Senators will decide whether to convict the governor and remove him from office.

In his opening statement Monday, Ellis said he won't try to prove Blagojevich committed a crime because it isn't a criminal trial. The question, he says, is whether Blagojevich abused his authority.

Blagojevich is refusing to take part in the trial. He says its rules are biased against him.

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