Prominent Blagojevich witnesses have pros and cons

By MICHAEL TARM | May 21, 2011 | 2:57 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Rod Blagojevich's attorneys set off a guessing game when they said they will call prominent people to testify in the former governor's corruption retrial.

Trial watchers are wondering who will be called to the witness stand next week: Blagojevich himself? Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel? White House adviser Valerie Jarrett? U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.?

Dozens received subpoenas before the governor's first trial last year. There are pros and cons in calling each of the high-profile witnesses.

The former governor, who denies all wrongdoing, faces 20 charges, including trying to sell or trade President Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat for campaign cash or a high-profile job.