Reporting with Natasha Korecki, Dave McKinney and Abdon Pallasch
There are 10 minutes until the showdown between Sam Adam Jr. and Judge Zagel is expected to start. There's plenty of speculation among reporters as we wait to see what the morning will bring.
There's obviously a lot of interest among the public, as well -- crowds were here extra early today. Word is that people who arrived at 4:30 this morning were too late to get a ticket for the courtroom.
Folks who got turned away headed down to the overflow courtroom, where a line 30 people deep waited as of 8 a.m.
As for lawyers Sam Adam Jr. and Sr., nobody's spotted them yet this morning. We hear they too got here very early -- leaving home at 5 a.m.
At about 8:50, Sam Jr. walks past the crowd gathered outside the courtroom. He waves a quick hello.
Shortly after 9 a.m., Sam Jr. walks through the media crowd and with a smile on his face, put out his hands, wrists up, as if he were getting cuffed.
He then helped two friends get into the courtroom.
"Lord knows I'm against violating rules so come on," Sam Adam Jr. says as he helps two friends under a rope.