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Blagojevich trial: Day 28 Closings or contempt?

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After Rod Blagojevich's lead lawyer told a federal judge he couldn't abide by his ruling, he was told to show up at 8:45 a.m. to discuss closing arguments before the 9:30 a.m. start time.

Judge James Zagel told defense lawyer Sam Adam Jr. he couldn't argue about matters not in evidence, specifically, he couldn't reference that the prosecution hadn't called witnesses they had promised to call. Adam said he couldn't properly defend his client if he listened to the judge.

Zagel, who had ruled on the issue Friday while talking about jury instructions, said if Adam didn't listen, he'd be held in contempt of court. He then suggested that Adam reconstruct his closing argument or have another attorney give it.

Adam left the courthouse vowing to go to jail if it were necessary.

So ...

Up today:

1. Adam delivers a closing argument abiding by Zagel.
2. Adam crosses the line and heads potentially for the jail house.

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