Reporting with Natasha Korecki, Dave McKinney and Abdon Pallasch
A rare silence falls on the courtroom as Sam Adam Jr. hangs his head dramatically. He's just notched his eighth objection in 20 minutes.
The judge tells him not to refer to prosecutors directly.
"OK. Forget who wrote the indictment," Adam says, then starts onto his next question.
Prosecutors Reid Schar and Chris Niewoehner, not looking at each other, shake their heads in unison.
Adam turns to prosecutors' claims that Patti Blagojevich accepted kickbacks from Tony Rezko without doing any work. But she did do work, he argues.
"Kickbacks for work is a job, man!" he shouts, getting chuckles across the courtroom.
He stretches, pointing across the room at Patti Blagojevich, who's wearing a white blouse and is sitting in the front bench.
He seems to be toeing the line, hinting at the missing witness issue. He mentions testimony from Sean Conlon, a witness who sold property to Brian Hynes. According to testimony, Hynes asked Conlon to tack on an extra commission for Patti Blagojevich, although Conlon said Patti did no work for it.
Why was Conlon called to testify and not Hynes, Adam asked the jury -- but he worded it carefully, and Zagel never sat him down.