Blago Lawyer: My Client’s Stupid, But He’s Not Guilty
Rod Blagojevich’s lead defense attorney took a unique approach in closing arguments yesterday:
Rod Blagojevich’s own lawyer said Tuesday that his client is “foolish” and not the “sharpest knife in the drawer,” but said that is no reason to convict the former Democratic governor of Illinois of corruption.
In his closing argument, attorney Sam Adam Jr. asked the jury to question whether Blagojevich actually committed the crime he is accused of – trying to sell President Barack Obama’s old Senate seat – and asked that they not convict Blagojevich just because of “silly” statements made by the flamboyant ex-governor.
“No one’s going to say he’s the sharpest knife in the drawer, but he’s not corrupt,” Adam said, as was reported by the Chicago Tribune. “Think about who he was trying to extort. The President of the United States? Give me a break!”
“As much as I like him, and as much as he’s loved around the world, this is a man who considered appointing Oprah Winfrey,” he added.
Asked by a reporter outside of the courtroom how he thinks the 12-member jury will rule, Adam predicted: “We’re gonna win 12-0”