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Blagojevich trial: Sam Adam Sr. counseled in questioning

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Reporting with Natasha Korecki

Sam Adam Sr. is cross-examining racetrack owner John Johnston. At one point, Johnston says not to tell his father he called him an "ornery S.O.B."

Judge Zagel cracks a rare smile. Adam looks across the room to his son, saying, "Some of us have been called worse by our sons."

Sam Adam Jr. puts his hand to his face and shakes his head, smiling, as does Rod.

Sam Sr. is falling right in line with every other defense lawyer who has been counseled by Zagel as to how to appropriately question witnesses.

When Adam began questioning Johnston about material that wasn't brought up by the prosecution, Zagel told him he was "outside the scope."

But -- like son, like father -- Adam persisted.

"I don't think you got my point," Zagel told him sternly, adding that if he wanted, he could call Johnston back as a witness for the defense. "If you want to try to bring this stuff out, you're going to have to do it in your case, not theirs."

Adam is standing at the lectern to question, appearing to reference to notes before each query.

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