Among them was of Maywood Park racetrack owner John Johnston, who was hit up for campaign cash at the same time he was hoping Blagojevich would fast-track the signing of legislation that would help out Johnston's business.
Goldstein said many of those expected to testify against the former governor stepped forward to complain about Blagojevich only after prosecutors pressed them, sometimes granting immunity and sometimes agreeing to plea deals.
"These stories don't get concocted 'til the government comes a-knockin'," Goldstein alleged.
Niewoehner told jurors that the prosecution case will take about five weeks, slightly shorter than the government presentation during the first trial. Blagojevich has said it is likely he will testify in his own defense, though he won't guarantee it. But he does not have to put on a defense and didn't in the first trial.
The first witness will take the stand Tuesday, and prosecutors said that will be FBI agent Daniel Cain, who led the investigation of Blagojevich .
After Cain, government lawyers said they would question John Harris, Blagojevich 's last chief of staff -- a signal that the Senate seat allegations will be featured early in the trial.
That is a departure from the largely chronological order that prosecutors followed last summer, putting their early emphasis on allegations of wrongdoing from Blagojevich 's first years as governor, something they now appear to be downplaying.
Wiretaps that encompassed the Senate sale allegations famously included one in which Blagojevich was heard describing his power to fill Obama's vacancy as "(expletive) golden" and something that he wouldn't give up for "(expletive) nothing."
"It was his thing, his golden thing," Niewoehner said. "He was going to get something for himself in exchange for it."
None of it seemed to faze Blagojevich , who quietly took notes as the prosecutor accused him of "betraying" the people of Illinois. After court, Blagojevich told reporters the accusation was a fabrication.
"I actually felt I stumbled into the wrong courtroom," he said. "The guy he is talking about certainly isn't me."