How did we get here so fast? Rod Blagojevich's public corruption trial, one of the most significant trials in Chicago history, has breezed by. Here we are already at closing arguments.
By comparison, the prosecution's case in the trial of businessman Tony Rezko lasted nine weeks, compared to six weeks in the trial of the "big fish," Blagojevich. Jury selection, testimony, playing of tapes and defense in Rod Blagojevich's case totaled 26 days (before today). In Rezko's case, one witness, Stuart Levine, was on the stand for parts of 15 days.
Rezko also did not put on a defense case.
Last week recap:
Bombshell news on Tuesday: Rod Blagojevich's lawyers told U.S. District Judge James Zagel that despite the repeated promises, the former governor would not take the stand.
Prosecutors appeared shocked.
Blagojevich and his lawyers learned through prep that he just couldn't withstand what was promised to be withering cross examination.
Before that, Robert Blagojevich gave compelling testimony from the stand, repeatedly denying any intent to help his brother sell the U.S. Senate seat and minimizing Indian fund-raisers as clumsy, unsophisticated, keystone cops who offered $6 million for Jesse Jackson Jr.'s appointment.
1. Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Niewoehner gives a 2-2 1/2 hour summation
2. Robert Blagojevich lawyer Michael Ettinger closes for about one hour
3. Sam Adam Jr. talks for about 2 1/2 hours for Rod Blagojevich
4. Assistant U.S. Attorney Reid Schar gives a one hour rebuttal.