Reporting with Natasha Korecki
Diving into the government's specific allegations in his closing argument, defense lawyer Aaron Goldstein is defending his client Rod Blagojevich's actions as governor, saying actions speak louder than words.
On the prosecution's allegation Blagojevich held back a school grant to squeeze Rahm Emanuel's brother Ari for a fundraiser, Goldstein said the evidence is clear: Blagojevich did nothing but pay up.
"Don't blow up what is very obvious: just a delay, if you want to call it that, in this grant," Goldstein said, attributing the delay to everyday bureaucratic issues with the grant. "Ask yourself over and over and over again," he instructs jurors. They'll find, he says, "nothing, nothing, nothing."
Moving onto the Tollway allegations, Goldstein points out it's legal for politicians to ask for campaign contributions.
"A politician, a governmental official, is allowed to demand, solicit, seek ... campaign contributions," Goldstein told jurors. "We may not like it. We may not like the system. That is what we have. That is politics today, and that is the law. You have the right as a public official to request campaign contributions even if there's official business pending before that official."