High Drama at Blago Closings

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After a long day of closing arguments by the government that started with Asst. US Attorney Chris Niewoehner citing the famous “I’ve got this thing and it’s F***n golden” quote,
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and where the only new news was that the Blagojevichs had brought their two young daughters to court, all hell came near to breaking loose at the end.

When Judge Zagel told Rod Blagojevich’s lawyer, Sam Adam Jr, that he wouldn’t be allowed to argue that the government didn’t call some witnesses because their testimony would have been helpful to the defense, Adam said that, with all due respect he wouldn’t follow the judge’s order.  Zagel threatened contempt, and Adam shot back “I’m willing to go to jail for this, your honor.  I cannot follow your order on this.”

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It is now unclear whether Sam Adam Jr will be making the closing argument tomorrow for the former governor.

Chicago Tribune Blog here.

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