Reporting with Natasha Korecki, Dave McKinney and Abdon Pallasch
Sam Adam Jr. cranks up the volume right from the start, telling jurors in his closing argument that he decided not to put Rod Blagojevich on the stand -- despite his promise that he would -- because the government didn't prove its case against him.
It's what he refers to as the "big pink elephant in the room."
"I promised each and every single one of you that Rod was going to get up there and take the stand," Adam says. And at opening statement I gave you my word and I meant every word of it," he says. "I had no idea no idea that in two months of trial (the government) would prove nothing."
He argues that the government proved the defense's case -- that Patti got paid for legitimate work she did for Tony Rezko, that "Rod didn't take a dime," that government witness Lon Monk pocketed envelopes of cash from Rezko.
"I told you it was going to happen in opening statements. I had no idea it was going to be from them," he says.
He speaks in his usual conversational tone, telling jurors he's going to talk to them not like "lawyers and judges" but like "regular people."
Jurors have their eyes locked on Adam as he paces back and forth across the room.