Blagojevich Defense: Client is a "Motormouth" Who Never Got a Dime
Closing arguments have ended in the retrial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. The jury has been instructed and will begin deliberating in the morning.
Crux of the defense closing: Rod never made a dime and is "a motor-mouth who talks endlessly" thinking out loud:
"He talked over me, over the judge, over the prosecutor,” said Goldstein, reminding jurors that when Blagojevich was on the stand he would often ignore his own attorney’s objections to questions from a prosecutor and answer before Zagel could rule.
“He likes to talk,” Goldstein said. “That’s all you heard. (Prosecutors) want you to believe this talk is a crime. It’s not. He floated ideas and that’s all it is.”
Blago's lawyer also pointed out the fallacy in a hypothetical the Government presented as comparable to Blago. The Government gave the example of a cop who asks for a bribe and ends up not taking it. The cop, the Government said, still broke the law.
The fallacy with the argument, says Goldstein: Asking for a bribe is illegal, asking for a campaign contribution is not.
Blago needs to convince one juror, and get that juror to hold out. Can he do it?
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