The Blagojevich Trial – The Defense Closing Argument – Day 28


Judge James Zagel to jury: “You’ve heard all the evidence and the arguments”

By

Sarah Ostman

on July 27, 2010 3:17 PM

Reporting with Natasha Korecki, Dave McKinney and Abdon Pallasch

The prosecution finishes its rebuttal and Judge Zagel adjourns court for the day.

‘Members of the jury, you’ve heard all the evidence and the arguments,” he tells them.

He tells the jury it is especially important now that they avoid news reports and not talk about the case, and asks them to return in the morning for jury instructions.

That will be followed by day one of deliberations. Court is scheduled to reconvene at 9 a.m.

Prosecutor Reid Schar: There is no conspiracy here — “the time for accountability for these crimes is now”

By

Sarah Ostman

on July 27, 2010 3:12 PM

Reporting with Natasha Korecki, Dave McKinney and Abdon Pallasch

For the first time since Michael Ettinger delivered his closing argument yesterday, Robert Blagojevich’s name is brought up in the courtroom.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Reid Schar recalls Robert’s testimony that he kept fund-raising and politics separate, keeping out of his brother’s government affairs. But then, Schar said, Robert testified about a long list of occasions when he did mix the two.

“He’s got an excuse for every one,” Schar said. “It’s OK because my brother asked me to … It’s OK because it’s Mary Stewart’s relative … It’s OK because I was trying to be courteous to a guy who was very likeable.”

“There is no doubt defendant Blagojevich dragged his brother into this bribery scheme,” he says, referring to Robert’s charges surrounding the U.S. Senate seat.

Schar also tackles Adam’s earlier remark that Blagojevich paid $500,000 in federal taxes while he was governor.

“This concept that he paid a bunch of money to taxes,” the prosecutor says. “There’s no special tax rate for defendant Blagojevich. He paid his fair share.”

And he recalls the last tape Adam played in his closing argument, which suggested that Blagojevich’s inner circle was trying to “take him down.”

“There’s a conspiracy of liars,” Schar says. “Everyone’s lying to frame defendant Blagojevich …. It’s one of the great frame-ups of all time.”

“What’s amazing about this massive conspiracy, not only are these people lying, they somehow managed to get defendant Blagojevich on the tapes you’ve heard to frame himself!” he says. “Somehow they’ve managed to do that.”

“And worse, he has a motive to commit these crimes!” he says, recalling testimony that Blagojevich was deep in debt and worried about his future career.

“The evidence in this case has proven both these defendants guilty beyond a reasonable doubt,” Schar concluded. “We ask that you provide a guilty verdict on all counts. The time for accountability for these crimes is now.”

Prosecutor Reid Schar: Rod Blagojevich “is the accidentally corrupt governor? I mean, come on.”

By

Sarah Ostman

on July 27, 2010 2:29 PM

Reporting with Natasha Korecki, Dave McKinney and Abdon Pallasch

Rod Blagojevich has “more training in criminal background than the average lawyer,” and yet the defense portrays him as a victim of circumstance who was unaware he was doing anything wrong, prosecutor Reid Schar argues.

“Somehow he is the accidentally corrupt governor? I mean, come on. Come on,” Schar says, his voice rising a little.

“He is the decision maker. He is the governor,” the prosecutor said. “He is the one who makes the ultimate decision.”

Blagojevich is staring at Schar, resting on his elbows with his hands clasped.

Earlier, Schar hit back at Sam Adam Jr.’s argument that Blagojevich’s alleged crimes are “all talk.”

“The crimes the defendants are charged with are crimes that involve a lot of talking,” Schar said. “When you go to rob a bank, you talk about it for a while.”

Schar called Blagojevich a “master communicator” who knew exactly how to give one message to people he was extorting — including the CEO of Children’s Memorial Hospital, whose funds he was threatening to cut — but communicated another message to the public about the cuts being budget savings.

Prosecutor Reid Schar: Rod Blagojevich “is not stupid. He is very smart.”

By

Sarah Ostman

on July 27, 2010 2:14 PM

Reporting with Natasha Korecki, Dave McKinney and Abdon Pallasch

Prosecutor Reid Schar argues that Rod Blagojevich knew exactly what he was doing when he tried to shake down a road-building executive, a hospital CEO, racetrack owner and countless others for campaign cash.

“He is not stupid. He is very smart,” Schar said. “He didn’t get elected twice … by accident.”

The ex-governor knows how to communicate in 30-second sound-bites, Schar says. “That’s what he does for a living,” he says.

So in conversation after conversation, Rod knew exactly how to extort and ask for a bribe without being direct.

Schar talks of Rod’s power as governor, saying people under him feared retribution from a man “with complete control of millions, if not billions, of dollars.”

“There’s victims well beyond the evidence you heard,” Schar says, referencing the people of Illinois.

Schar references a Sept. 12, 2008, conversation between Rod and Children’s Memorial Hospital CEO Patrick Magoon, in which the governor said he planned to raise pediatric rates but tells Magoon to keep it quiet.

“He decides to sit on one of his number one initiatives? It makes no sense,” Schar said.

That’s because Rod intended on getting something in return, later sending his brother to call Magoon and ask for money, Schar says.

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald arrived in the overflow courtroom a few minutes ago. He’s sitting with his staff, listening intently to Schar’s rebuttal.

Last word in the Blagojevich trial: Prosecutor to give government rebuttal

By

Sarah Ostman

on July 27, 2010 1:59 PM

Reporting with Natasha Korecki, Dave McKinney and Abdon Pallasch

Assistant U.S. Attorney Reid Schar’s parents are sitting in the front row, waiting to hear from his son.

Schar, who has been on the case since the beginning, is sitting quietly at the prosecution table.

He’s likely to unleash his own fury in his rebuttal after hearing Adam accuse prosecutors of hiding facts from jurors.

Sam Adam Jr. concludes closing argument with plea to jurors: Ask yourself, “What would Sam say?”

By

Sarah Ostman

on July 27, 2010 1:50 PM

Reporting with Natasha Korecki, Dave McKinney and Abdon Pallasch

Winding down, Sam Adam Jr. tells the jury he may have forgotten to tell them a few things, but if they are are stuck in jury room, they should ask themselves one question. “Now, what would Sam say about this?”

The all-about-business juror hears this and lurches forward in his chair in seeming amazement. But Adam keeps a straight face, despite groan-like laughter from the gallery.

Finally, after an 80-minute roller coaster of screaming and pacing, Sam Adam Jr.’s much-anticipated closing ends on a hushed tone.

“Find this man not guilty,” Adam tells the jury in a whisper. “This is serious stuff … He never intended on extorting anybody.”

“I can’t tell you what this case is about any better than this,” he says, and one last time dramatically gestures to his co-counsel.

“Elliott,” he says, cuing the tape.

It’s Bob Greenlee talking to Rod.

“I’m very concerned,” Greenlee is heard saying. “I think it is very real … People want to take you down for political reasons.”

Sam Adam Jr. on Patti allegations: “Kickbacks for work is a job, man!”

By

Sarah Ostman

on July 27, 2010 1:31 PM

Reporting with Natasha Korecki, Dave McKinney and Abdon Pallasch

A rare silence falls on the courtroom as Sam Adam Jr. hangs his head dramatically. He’s just notched his eighth objection in 20 minutes.

The judge tells him not to refer to prosecutors directly.

“OK. Forget who wrote the indictment,” Adam says, then starts onto his next question.

Prosecutors Reid Schar and Chris Niewoehner, not looking at each other, shake their heads in unison.

Adam turns to prosecutors’ claims that Patti Blagojevich accepted kickbacks from Tony Rezko without doing any work. But she did do work, he argues.

“Kickback for work is a job, man!” he shouts, getting chuckles across the courtroom.

He stretches, pointing across the room at Patti Blagojevich, who’s wearing a white blouse and is sitting in the front bench.

He seems to be toeing the line, hinting at the missing witness issue. He mentions testimony from Sean Conlon, a witness who sold property to Brian Hynes. According to testimony, Hynes asked Conlon to tack on an extra commission for Patti Blagojevich, although Conlon said Patti did no work for it.

Why was Conlon called to testify and not Hynes, Adam asked the jury — but he worded it carefully, and Zagel never sat him down.

Sam Adam Jr.: Rod Blagojevich is “broke, man, BROKE!”

By

Sarah Ostman

on July 27, 2010 1:12 PM

Reporting with Natasha Korecki, Dave McKinney and Abdon Pallasch

Sam Adam Jr. leaps back into his closing argument. The topic? The ex-governor’s $400,000 wardrobe.

Jurors learned a few weeks ago that Rod Blagojevich spent $400,000 on clothes during his six years in the governor’s seat — largely on custom suits and pricey ties.

“You know why he spent $400,000 on suits in six years?” Adam says. “Because he’s a politician. A CEO for the state of Illinois. He’s on the front page of the paper every day. They have media every day. You gotta look the part.”

“Why did Sarah Palin spend $150,000 on her wardrobe?” he says. “Now she’s getting $150,000 for a speech.”

“He’s broke, man, BROKE! When I say broke, I mean BROKE!”

Adam brings up that Blagojevich paid $500,000 in federal taxes while he was governor. That was really his No. 1 expenditure during those years — a fact the government failed to tell the jury, Adam says.

“He’s paying for his own prosecution!” Adam screams, pointing to the prosecution table. “This is crazy!”

Prosecutor Carrie Hamilton looks up and stares into the distance.

Blago’s finances have been a hot topic during the trial. The government has portrayed him as money-hungry and drowning in debt, as reasons for his alleged swindling. The defense has portrayed him as a flat-out family man — proof that he didn’t take any bribes.

Rod Blagojevich to supporter: “That’s in case I run for office again”

By

Sarah Ostman

on July 27, 2010 1:00 PM

Reporting with Natasha Korecki, Dave McKinney and Abdon Pallasch

After a shorter-than-usual lunch break, we’re waiting for the judge to take his seat.

In the courtroom, Rod Blagojevich autographs a sketch of himself and a supporter, thanking her for her “good wishes.” He tells her she’s much more beautiful in real life.

“That’s in case I run for office again,” he says, looking up at the media.

Blagojevich held court during lunch at the fruit cart in the courthouse cafeteria, discussing the case with well-wishers and telling one young fan, “Good luck in school.”

Attorney Sam Adam Jr. is picking up where he left off with his closing argument, urging jurors to “follow the money” in a state pension deal that prosecutors say the ex-governor rigged to benefit donors at Bear Stearns.

Earlier, Adam echoed a theme from his opening statement — that Rod Blagojevich is an “insecure” man who was wronged by his more capable underlings.

“He’s got absolutely horrible judgment on people. That’s this case. And they want you to find him guilty of these horrible things because of that,” Adam told the jury.

“That man wasn’t trying to sell a Senate seat,” he said at another point. “He was trying to get 300,000 people health care. He was trying to make sure a capital bill would result. He was trying to make sure disabled veterans didn’t have to pay property taxes.”

Zagel: “This is all I have to say … because it’s all I have to say, it’s all you have to say.”

By

Natasha Korecki

on July 27, 2010 12:34 PM


Reid Schar objected to Sam Adam’s attempts to make reference to state of Illinois lawyer Bill Quinlan as the head ethics officer. Adam is trying to cite advice from Quinlan to Rod Blagojevich while characterizing Quinlan as an ethics officer.

The two sides bitterly hash this out over break, as defense lawyer Aaron Goldstein uncharacteristically grows loud, saying that two deputy governors “their witnesses” testified that Quinlan was also head of ethics in the state.

“Why are we discussing this if you just refuse to accept my ruling?” Judge James Zagel tells Goldstein.

“At the momentum of this kind of closing argument, people make misstatements…
You are giving them an opportunity to stop the freight train. You don’t want them to stop the freight train. One way to make sure this doesn’t happen is to make sure he speaks with precision about the testimony and about the dates,” Zagel tells Goldstein, urging him to give transcripts to Adam and sort out the specifics.

Zagel has sustained at least a dozen objections from the prosecution and Adam has visibly protested — and even mocked the prosecution for interrupting him.
Zagel suggested Adam can stave off the interruptions if he’s sure to accurately go through details in the case. Fudging will not help him with the jury, Zagel said.

“Go to the testimony and make sure you’re right on all of these little details. Then instead of ‘objection sustained,’ you’re going to get “objection overruled,” if you get any objections at all.”

Unlikely.

“This is all I have to say at this point, and because it’s all I have to say, it’s all you have to say,” Zagel said, bidding adieu for a short break.

Sam Adam Jr. questions Chicago Academy charge: Football field got made, where is the fund-raiser?

By

Sarah Ostman

on July 27, 2010 12:23 PM

Reporting with Natasha Korecki, Dave McKinney and Abdon Pallasch

Sam Adam Jr. tried to dismiss the charge that Rod Blagojevich told underlings to lean on then-Congressman Rahm Emanuel to have his brother, big-time Hollywood agent Ari Emanuel, hold a fund-raiser for his campaign.

That could not be true, Adam argued, because then-Deputy Gov. Bradley Tusk testified that he continued to report to Blagojevich every day for two months after he supposedly defied Blagojevich’s alleged command to try to shake down Emanuel.

“What governor gets caught in a shakedown by Bradley Tusk, who works for him, and continues to work for him for two months?” Adam shouted. “And he didn’t fire Bradley Tusk? Give me a break!”

The government says Blagojevich held up a $2 million grant to build a football field at Chicago Academy, a school In Emanuel’s congressional district, and told Tusk to tell Emanuel to get his brother to hold a fund-raiser.

Emanuel apparently never got the message and Blagojevich gradually and belatedly let go of the grant after contractors threatened to walk off the project, prosecutors said.

“Chicago Academy is an example of what they did RIGHT!” Adam said. “Rahm Emanuel says they should get a grant — which they GOT! They wanted a football field. It got made.”

“The darn football field — that got made! What fund-raiser did he get? None!!!” he screamed.

Adam also mocked testimony that Rod Blagojevich hid in the bathroom from budget director John Filan.

“In the bathroom?!” Adam yells. He says Rod was the governor, he could just tell his secretary not to let people into his office.

Again, Adam questions the entirety of the case — including the alleged shakedown of Rahm Emanuel that Bradley Tusk testified about.

“C’mon. These are the feds!” Adam says, pointing to the prosecution table. “And this is what they bring you? Come on.”

Sam Adam Jr. accuses Barack Obama’s transition team of negotiating with Rod Blagojevich

By

Sarah Ostman

on July 27, 2010 11:52 AM

Reporting with Natasha Korecki, Dave McKinney and Abdon Pallasch

Sam Adam Jr. has just accused President Barack Obama and his transition team of negotiating with Blagojevich.

The offer came from Rod to Tom Balanoff, Adam says. Balanoff brought it to Valerie Jarrett and word came back from Rahm Emanuel through John Wyma. It’s a negotiation they were in, he said of Obama and Blagojevich.

“You start high and they come low,” Adam said.

In another comical moment, Adam mocks the prosecution and judge for keeping him quiet. Adam is trying to explain extortion to the jury when prosecutor Reid Schar shoots up.

Adam is silent and puts his arm out pointing to Schar. “Objection,” Schar said.

Adam then leans over and looks right at Schar, who won’t look up at him. Adam starts to speak again, saying each word slowly, waiting for an objection.

“I…”
“Can…”

Zagel stops things to neutralize Adam. Adam, sweating pretty heavily, pauses to wipe his forehead with a tissue.

Judge Zagel to Sam Adam Jr.: This is beginning to look more like a show

By

Sarah Ostman

on July 27, 2010 11:44 AM

Reporting with Natasha Korecki, Dave McKinney and Abdon Pallasch

Sam Adam Jr.’s voice crescendos out of control at one point; no one in the overflow room can make out what he’s saying as his voice clips through the speakers. Turns out he’s telling a story about a mule.

It’s a long joke about an Italian woman who shot a mule that kept stumbling after giving it three chances. (“Thattsa one! thattsa two! thattsa three!” Adam yells.)

When the woman’s husband tells her it was stupid to shoot the mule, she looks at him and warns him, “Thattsa one!”

Adam said that sums up the government.

There’s laughter in the courtroom. A juror physically bends over laughing, holding her stomach, but quickly composes herself. At the defense table, Rod appears amused looking on.

But Assistant U.S. Attorney Reid Schar isn’t amused. He finally shoots out of his seat to object. “This is inappropriate,” he says.

“I think they’re objecting because it’s beginning to look more like a show,” Judge Zagel responds, adding that that’s “advice” and not a ruling.

Sam Adam Jr: “You know who didn’t get arrested? Jesse Jackson Jr.”

By

Sarah Ostman

on July 27, 2010 11:36 AM

Reporting with Natasha Korecki, Dave McKinney and Abdon Pallasch

Sam Adam Jr. continues to make jurors and onlookers chuckle as he echoes another common defense argument — that Rod Blagojevich’s only crime was talking too much.

“If you had Joan and Melissa Rivers in a room you wouldn’t hear that much talk,” Adam yells, drawing laughter in the courtroom. “That’s just the way he is.”

“They arrested Rod Blagojevich,” Adam continues. “You know who didn’t get arrested? Jesse Jackson, Jr.”

Neither side called Rep. Jackson to the stand to explain whether he authorized his supporter, Raghu Nayak, to offer to raise money — $1.5 million or $6 million, depending whose testimony you believe – in exchange for appointing Jackson to Barack Obama’s Senate seat. Nor did either side call Nayak.

Instead, Rajinder Bedi testified that Nayak offered to raise money if Jackson was appointed. Bedi said Jackson was present for that conversation but Bedi did not say whether Jackson chimed in.

Adam shouted that prosecutors ought to explain to jurors why Jackson was not arrested when they get up to do their rebuttal.

“Objection as to who was arrested, who was not arrested,” a prosecutor said.

“Sustained,” Judge Zagel said. “The remark is stricken. Jurors are instructed to disregard.”

Prosecutors are rising to object every few minutes and Zagel is sustaining all their objections. Usually, it takes a few sentences from Adam – being delivered loud and rapid-fire – before their objection penetrates.

Sam Adam Jr. in closing: Former deputy governor made “the most ridiculous statement I’ve ever heard”

By

Sarah Ostman

on July 27, 2010 11:19 AM

Reporting with Natasha Korecki, Dave McKinney and Abdon Pallasch

Sam Adam Jr. briefly focuses on testimony of Bob Greenlee, Blago’s former deputy governor.

“He looked like Tom Arnold and Buddy Holly had a baby … remember those glasses?” Adam says, recalling Greenlee’s thick plastic frames. A female juror in front row crosses her arms and can’t suppress a smile.

“He took more than $100,000 a year to advise this man … and what does he come in here and tell you? Ridiculousness,” Adam says. “The most ridiculous statement I’ve ever heard before: ‘Yes, I said those things, yes, I gave you encouragement… you know why? Because I was trying to disagree by agreeing.’ Who are you kidding?”

Adam is referring to Greenlee’s testimony that he told the ex-governor what he wanted to hear – that placating his boss was often easier than arguing with him.

Prosecutor Chris Niewoehner has a finger on his face and stares right up at Adam as Adam repeatedly accuses him of “hiding the facts” from the jury.

At one point, Adam says, “We’re at the grown folks table,” to jurors. Several smile. It made the studious-looking male juror hunch his shoulders and smile.

Sam Adam Jr. in closing: “There’s a big pink elephant in the room”

By

Sarah Ostman

on July 27, 2010 10:48 AM

Reporting with Natasha Korecki, Dave McKinney and Abdon Pallasch

Sam Adam Jr. cranks up the volume right from the start, telling jurors in his closing argument that he decided not to put Rod Blagojevich on the stand — despite his promise that he would — because the government didn’t prove its case against him.

It’s what he refers to as the “big pink elephant in the room.”

“I promised each and every single one of you that Rod was going to get up there and take the stand,” Adam says. And at opening statement I gave you my word and I meant every word of it,” he says. “I had no idea no idea that in two months of trial (the government) would prove nothing.”

He argues that the government proved the defense’s case — that Patti got paid for legitimate work she did for Tony Rezko, that “Rod didn’t take a dime,” that government witness Lon Monk pocketed envelopes of cash from Rezko.

“I told you it was going to happen in opening statements. I had no idea it was going to be from them,” he says.

He speaks in his usual conversational tone, telling jurors he’s going to talk to them not like “lawyers and judges” but like “regular people.”

Blagojevich trial: Sam Adam Jr. quietly prepares for closing argument

By

Sarah Ostman

on July 27, 2010 10:13 AM

Reporting with Natasha Korecki, Dave McKinney and Abdon Pallasch

Over the break, Sam Adam Jr. hopped around the defense table, conferring with different lawyers on his team.

But as he waits for the judge to enter the courtroom, he sits quietly apart from his team, perhaps getting his game face on. He is dressed in a three-piece navy suit with a light blue tie.

The packed courtroom is buzzing with conversation as we wait. We’re about half an hour into this “10-minute” recess.

Judge to Sam Adam Jr: I will sit you down if you bring up missing witnesses — but here’s how you can get away with it

By

Sarah Ostman

on July 27, 2010 9:13 AM

Reporting with Natasha Korecki, Dave McKinney and Abdon Pallasch

Judge James Zagel essentially just explained to Sam Adam Jr. how to cross the line and get away with bringing up “missing witnesses” in his closing argument.

Zagel tells Adam that if he steps over the line in his closing argument, the judge will sit him down in the middle of his remarks. So, Zagel suggests, if Adam wants to step over this line, he should reorganize his argument and put that part at the end — so the judge can sit him down when it’s about to be over.

At that, Sam Adam Jr. stops and looks around the courtroom, slowly scanning as if in amazement. The judge calls a 10-minute recess to give Adam time to rework his argument.

Before the unusual dialogue, Zagel ruled against the defense’s bid to reconsider its request to tell jurors that the government didn’t call a list of key witnesses. The defense would argue, then, that jurors should assume the witnesses would have helped Rod Blagojevich — or at the very least, hurt the government.

Zagel also tackled Adam’s public statement yesterday that he’d go to jail before going along with the judge’s ruling.

“I got the transcript,” the judge said. “I didn’t use the word jail, you used the word jail. But to put you at ease, Mr. Adam, jail is not in the picture and never was in the picture. I don’t know where they lock up lawyers for making objection statements, but we don’t do it here.”

“So if you were wondering who you were going to give your watch to, you don’t have to worry about that,” he said.

The judge then called out the defense on waiting until the last minute to bring up the issue — noting that he ruled on the issue days ago — and questioned whether it was all a show.

He told the defense team they had the same power to call the “missing witnesses” that the government did. But the defense never invoked that right, Zagel said.

“I don’t believe that there was ever, in this case, a desire by the defense to actually have these witnesses here, on the fear that some of what they had to say would be favorable to the government,” Zagel said.

“You’d rather have a witness not appear and then tax the government with their non-appearance,” he continued. “But the government can’t be blamed for their non-appearance.”

“That’s the status that I explained very clearly on Friday, yet you wait until the moment before closing arguments to start to make a big fuss over this,” the judge said.

After his clash yesterday, Sam Adam Jr. did little of the talking with the judge. Attorneys Aaron Goldstein and Shelly Sorosky stepped in at times.

Blagojevich trial: Crowd awaits the Zagel-Adam showdown

By

Sarah Ostman

on July 27, 2010 8:28 AM

Reporting with Natasha Korecki, Dave McKinney and Abdon Pallasch

There are 10 minutes until the showdown between Sam Adam Jr. and Judge Zagel is expected to start. There’s plenty of speculation among reporters as we wait to see what the morning will bring.

There’s obviously a lot of interest among the public, as well — crowds were here extra early today. Word is that people who arrived at 4:30 this morning were too late to get a ticket for the courtroom.

Folks who got turned away headed down to the overflow courtroom, where a line 30 people deep waited as of 8 a.m.

As for lawyers Sam Adam Jr. and Sr., nobody’s spotted them yet this morning. We hear they too got here very early — leaving home at 5 a.m.

At about 8:50, Sam Jr. walks past the crowd gathered outside the courtroom. He waves a quick hello.

Shortly after 9 a.m., Sam Jr. walks through the media crowd and with a smile on his face, put out his hands, wrists up, as if he were getting cuffed.

He then helped two friends get into the courtroom.

“Lord knows I’m against violating rules so come on,” Sam Adam Jr. says as he helps two friends under a rope.

Blagojevich trial: Day 28 Closings or contempt?

By

Natasha Korecki

on July 27, 2010 4:00 AM


After Rod Blagojevich’s lead lawyer told a federal judge he couldn’t abide by his ruling, he was told to show up at 8:45 a.m. to discuss closing arguments before the 9:30 a.m. start time.

Judge James Zagel told defense lawyer Sam Adam Jr. he couldn’t argue about matters not in evidence, specifically, he couldn’t reference that the prosecution hadn’t called witnesses they had promised to call. Adam said he couldn’t properly defend his client if he listened to the judge.

Zagel, who had ruled on the issue Friday while talking about jury instructions, said if Adam didn’t listen, he’d be held in contempt of court. He then suggested that Adam reconstruct his closing argument or have another attorney give it.

Adam left the courthouse vowing to go to jail if it were necessary.

So …

Up today:

1. Adam delivers a closing argument abiding by Zagel.
OR
2. Adam crosses the line and heads potentially for the jail house.

posted by rightthingtodo  on July 28, 2010

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