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Blago attorney questioning prosecution witness

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  • John Harris former chief of staff  to Rod Blagojevich

      John Harris former chief of staff to Rod Blagojevich
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A defense attorney is trying to cast doubts on the reliability of a key prosecution witness in the corruption trial of ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

On Monday, Aaron Goldstein wasted little time in going after former Blagojevich chief of staff John Harris. Under questioning by Goldstein, Harris acknowledged he has an agreement with prosecutors in exchange for his testimony. Harris has already pleaded guilty, and he testified that prosecutors will recommend a shorter prison sentence if he testifies truthfully against Blagojevich.

Harris also acknowledged that he lied to the FBI when he was arrested.

Harris' testimony last week centered on allegations that Blagojevich sought to exchange an appointment to President Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat for campaign cash or a top job. Blagojevich denies any wrongdoing.

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