Blagojevich says he'll be vindicated at Day 2 of trial

CHICAGO (AP) - Rod Blagojevich appears more defiant as the second day of his corruption trial gets under way.

After arriving at the courthouse on Friday, the former Illinois governor told reporters that he's been falsely accused and knows he'll be "vindicated."

The scene at the courthouse was much calmer Friday when Blagojevich arrived. About a dozen journalists were waiting for him Friday, compared to about 60 the day before. But ex-governor continued to smile and wave to passerby's as he got out of a white sedan.

Blagojevich is charged with scheming to profit by selling or trading the Senate seat that President Barack Obama vacated. He's pleaded not guilty.

Jury selection is set to resume Friday. On Thursday, the judge questioned 29 potential jurors.

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