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Sam Adam Jr. in closing: Former deputy governor made "the most ridiculous statement I've ever heard"

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Reporting with Natasha Korecki, Dave McKinney and Abdon Pallasch

Sam Adam Jr. briefly focuses on testimony of Bob Greenlee, Blago's former deputy governor.

"He looked like Tom Arnold and Buddy Holly had a baby ... remember those glasses?" Adam says, recalling Greenlee's thick plastic frames. A female juror in front row crosses her arms and can't suppress a smile.

"He took more than $100,000 a year to advise this man ... and what does he come in here and tell you? Ridiculousness," Adam says. "The most ridiculous statement I've ever heard before: 'Yes, I said those things, yes, I gave you encouragement... you know why? Because I was trying to disagree by agreeing.' Who are you kidding?"

Adam is referring to Greenlee's testimony that he told the ex-governor what he wanted to hear - that placating his boss was often easier than arguing with him.

Prosecutor Chris Niewoehner has a finger on his face and stares right up at Adam as Adam repeatedly accuses him of "hiding the facts" from the jury.

At one point, Adam says, "We're at the grown folks table," to jurors. Several smile. It made the studious-looking male juror hunch his shoulders and smile.

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