Reporting with Natasha Korecki, Dave McKinney and Abdon Pallasch
Rod Blagojevich has "more training in criminal background than the average lawyer," and yet the defense portrays him as a victim of circumstance who was unaware he was doing anything wrong, prosecutor Reid Schar argues.
"Somehow he is the accidentally corrupt governor? I mean, come on. Come on," Schar says, his voice rising a little.
"He is the decision maker. He is the governor," the prosecutor said. "He is the one who makes the ultimate decision."
Blagojevich is staring at Schar, resting on his elbows with his hands clasped.
Earlier, Schar hit back at Sam Adam Jr.'s argument that Blagojevich's alleged crimes are "all talk."
"The crimes the defendants are charged with are crimes that involve a lot of talking," Schar said. "When you go to rob a bank, you talk about it for a while."
Schar called Blagojevich a "master communicator" who knew exactly how to give one message to people he was extorting -- including the CEO of Children's Memorial Hospital, whose funds he was threatening to cut -- but communicated another message to the public about the cuts being budget savings.