Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says he decided to address the senators hearing his impeachment trial to appeal to their sense of fairness.
After days of avoiding the proceedings, the embattled Democrat took the floor Thursday.
He told the Illinois Senate that he decided to give the closing argument at the trial because he wants to counter the evidence -- including secretly recorded conversations -- that's been presented against him. He says those tapes are the types of discussions everyone has to get things done in politics.
Blagojevich says he's innocent and throwing him out of office would set a dangerous precedent.
He arrived at the Capitol as impeachment prosecutor David Ellis was giving his closing statement on the Senate floor.