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If I Were on the Jury II ...

Posted By on 07.28.10 at 11:49 AM

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If I were on the Blago jury, I wouldn't be happy with a closing argument by his attorney, Sam Adam Jr., that snickered at the prosecutors as — in the Tribune's words — "scalp-hunting federal agents" and mocked their case.

There's no way the Blago jury is going to think of the U.S. attorney's office as the bad guy. If I were a juror I would want to hear Adam say it's perfectly understandable that U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald decided to step in when he did, when wiretaps told him the process of selecting a new senator was out of control. The indictment led to the impeachment, which removed the most erratic and incompetent governor Illinois has ever had, Adams would say, and everyone in the state — himself included — owes Fitzgerald thanks.

However, Adam would go on, just as to a hammer every problem looks like a nail, to a prosecutor every misfit in office looks like a felon. But it is not a crime to be delusional. It is not a crime to be a profane, utterly self-absorbed megalomaniac. Illinois rid itself of Rod Blagojevich, and for that the U.S. Attorney's Office deserves our eternal gratitude, Adam would say. But let me ask you this — if you were being asked to convict a man for bank robbery, would it be enough to know he ranted about it for seven years? Wouldn't you expect the prosecution to provide you with the time and place when he actually robbed a bank?

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