Reporting with Natasha Korecki
After all the commotion of the past few days, the Dirksen federal courthouse seems like an absolute ghost town today.
On the 25th floor, Rod and Patti Blagojevich emerged from the elevator holding hands. One supporter clapped weakly in the hallway.
"Where did everybody go?" the ex-governor asked, scanning the thin crowd. "Jury instructions," he said, smiling.
Jury instructions -- where jurors are given a list of legal definitions and rules to help them with their deliberations -- are expected to start a little later. It certainly doesn't have the pizazz of a Sam Jr. closing argument, but this set of decisions can have a big impact on the outcome of a case.
First, before the jury is seated, attorneys will hash out which exhibits -- transcripts, documents and other evidence from the trial -- the jurors will be allowed to bring into deliberations. They may quibble over some items.
We're expecting defense attorneys to give a statement later. It's Sam Adam Jr.'s birthday.