Lawyers in Rod Blagojevich's case were supposed to go through jury instructions today beginning at 9:30 a.m.
It's almost noon and they haven't yet begun, raising the question of whether they'll wrap up the necessary business today to get closing arguments underway by Monday.
That's in part due to the judge's late start, a lengthy call beforehand and then a snag hit with a new lawyer brought on board by Rod Blagojevich's team, Marc Martin.
The proceedings just broke as Martin is trying to gather up some necessary paperwork he needs to be there.
Martin is the go-to guy when it comes to issues like jury instructions and is known to get on well with U.S. District Judge James Zagel.
At noon, Martin has to peel off for another case -- that of Conrad Black. Black is having a hearing on a new Supreme Court ruling.