Blagojevich Finishes Testimony, Closings Coming Soon
Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich finished seven days of testimony today.
As he stepped off the stand, a jaunty Blagojevich tried to shake hands with lead prosecutor Reid Schar, but the government attorney turned away after the two had sparred for several days.
Judge James Zagel told jurors not to read anything into the rebuff, saying lawyers are instructed not to interact with witnesses.
At least one legal observer at the trial thought Blagojevich did better on the witness stand than expected. Does he have a chance? Can he persuade one juror? Team Blago may call a few more witnesses tomorrow, and then it's time for closing arguments.
Also today, Blagojevich wants the Judge to reconsider his refusal to introduce a transcrip in which Rahm asks Blago to appoint Forrest Claypool to the House seat Rahm was vacating. [More...]
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