Reporting with Natasha Korecki
U.S. District Judge James Zagel warned Rod Blagojevich's defense team after court Tuesday to reconsider a defense that Blagojevich was acting on bad legal advice when he allegedly sought to trade the Senate seat for something for himself.
When Blagojevich began testifying about the Senate seat this afternoon, he listed off his advisers, some of whom had legal experience, and their extensive credentials (one, Blagojevich said, was high school valedictorian; this anecdote prompted an exasperated Zagel to rub his eyes). The defense seemed to be attempting to show that Blagojevich didn't know that what he was doing was wrong, and was instead being encouraged by his Chief of Staff John Harris and legal counsel Bill Quinlan.
Zagel took some time after court adjourned for the day to warn against pursuing that defense.
"I think it is better for the defense not to go down that road," Zagel said.