Reporting with Natasha Korecki, Dave McKinney and Abdon Pallasch
Sam Adam Jr.'s voice crescendos out of control at one point; no one in the overflow room can make out what he's saying as his voice clips through the speakers.
Turns out he's telling a story about a mule.
It's a long joke about an Italian woman who shot a mule that kept stumbling after giving it three chances. ("Thattsa one! thattsa two! thattsa three!" Adam yells.)
When the woman's husband tells her it was stupid to shoot the mule, she looks at him and warns him, "Thattsa one!"
Adam said that sums up the government.
There's laughter in the courtroom. One juror physically bends over laughing, holding her stomach, but quickly composes herself.
At the defense table, Rod appears amused looking on.
But Assistant U.S. Attorney Reid Schar isn't amused.
He finally shoots out of his seat to object. "This is inappropriate," he says.
"I think they're objecting because it's beginning to look more like a show," Judge Zagel responds, adding that that's "advice" and not a ruling.