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Sam Adam Jr. in closing: "There's a big pink elephant in the room"

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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.

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All I know is someone better free the pink elephant. A judge should know better than to allow a pink elephant to be held in captivity in the courtroom. I'm disgusted. Sam Adam Jr. should be applauded for his work in trying to free this poor animal.

"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."

How he can believe that Blago is innocent if he says that he had no idea that the government would prove nothing. His words clearly imply his belief that his client is guilty and he expected the government's case to prove it.

I thought that "pink elephants" are what really drunk people have been known to see.

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