Real-Time Following Blagojevich's Closing Argument

Bump and Update: Closing arguments are over. The jury will be instructed and begin deliberating tomorrow. After court was over, Patti Blagojevich burst into tears and Rod told reporters as he was leaving, ""I hope you have a prayer left for us."

Another line from Sam Adam, Jr. in closing: "As much as I like him, and as much as hes loved around the world, this is a man who considered appointing Oprah Winfrey (to the U.S. Senate), Adam said. No ones going to say hes the sharpest knife in the drawer, but hes not corrupt. [More...]

Bump and Update: The Government objected 18 times during Sam Adam's argument. Not all were sustained. One nugget:
Adams, Jr: "We heard yaking on the tapes. Put Joan and Melissa Rivers in a room and you wouldn't hear that much talk. He's an insecure man"
And some differing rulings:
...govt says "that was not evidence". Judge says the jury will decide what is evidence .... Prosecutor Schar jumps up and yells "mistatement of facts." Judge agrees.

Also: " He wasn't selling senate seat-he was trying to get 300,000 people healthcare" Original Post

The best way to follow Sam Adam, Jr.'s closing argument in the Rod Blagojevich case is on Twitter using #Blagojevich. Those in the courtroom can't tweet, but I guess those in the overflow courtroom can.

WBEZ politics has this up so far: Adam addressed Blago's not taking the stand with “I had no idea - no idea - that in two months of trial they would prove nothing.”

He took on Jesse Jackson, Jr: “And you know who didn’t get arrested? Jesse Jackson, Jr.”

The Government is making a lot of objections and they are being sustained. " Zagel tells [Adam] to be "more precise."

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    is there (none / 0) (#1)
    by NYShooter on Tue Jul 27, 2010 at 12:20:47 PM EST
    any way Adams will be able to get in that many witnesses were disallowed?

    sorry (none / 0) (#2)
    by NYShooter on Tue Jul 27, 2010 at 12:25:54 PM EST
    answer in next post

    In Chicago (none / 0) (#4)
    by Cream City on Tue Jul 27, 2010 at 05:30:56 PM EST
    anything is possible.  But that would be such a travesty of justice -- and I fear, from talking with some Chitowners, that your family is typical.

    Of course, wouldn't it be fascinating to find out the answer to the age-old question in these parts:  Just how much will it take, how many governors in jail, for Flatlanders to finally be embarrassed about it?

    Hope you arrived after the floods!  And after the heat, humidity, at its worst.  So beware the bugs and hope for breezes off the greatest lake to blow the skeeters to the next burb.

    Riiiigggghhhhttttt (none / 0) (#6)
    by jbindc on Wed Jul 28, 2010 at 09:19:25 AM EST
    Blago is "not the sharpest knife in the drawer", so says his lawyer.  Right - he's a stupid man so he couldn't POSSIBLY have done wrong.  Really?  This is his argument???

    Adams not one of the sharpest either! (none / 0) (#7)
    by Untold Story on Wed Jul 28, 2010 at 10:45:28 AM EST