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Prosecution concludes closing argument: "Hold him to these words: 'The people come first. And no one is above the law.'"

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Reporting with Natasha Korecki

As prosecutor Carrie Hamilton's closing statement finished, she was greeted with silence in the courtroom.

Hamilton finished up where the government began: by bringing up a 2006 statement Rod Blagojevich made when former Illinois Gov. George Ryan was convicted.

"On this statement, I think we can actually all agree with him: he says, 'Today's verdict proves that no one is above the law, and just as important, it proves that government is supposed to exist for the good of the people, not the other way around. And certainly not for the personal enrichment of those who hold public office. The people come first."

Shortly before bringing up Blagojevich's statement, Hamilton played a tape where Blagojevich mentions President-elect Barack Obama: "I mean, you guys are telling me I just gotta suck it up for two years and do nothing. Give this mother f----- his senator. F--- him. For nothing? F--- him!"

"That is, in his mind, his response to the President-elect of the United States: you want something from me? For nothing? For nothing?" Hamilton says, gesturing to herself, her voice rising. The room fell quiet. "The man who is about to be the leader of the free world. His response to him is, 'I get nothing from you?'"

Listen to the tapes, Hamilton directs the jury. It remains silent in the room except for the scribbling in notebooks. "He is detailed, serious," she says. "He is focused. What you hear are the discussions of a sophisticated and very desperate man who tried to get a number of things for himself in relation to his job as governor."

The jury should hold him to his statements on Ryan, Hamilton said.

"What the evidence supports, and what the law commands, is that you find the defendant guilty as charged," Hamilton told the jury. "Hold him to these words: 'The people come first. And no one is above the law.'"

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If you "talked about robbing a bank, but didn't go through with it" you may not be guilty of robbery, but you would be guilty of conspiracy. That is the main case against this douchebag. He is guilty. It's going to be a pleasure to see him get his number 2 haircut and behind bars for a long, long time.

"Give him his job back"? That's a joke, right? As for the cost, I am thankful for the opportunity to pay federal taxes and support the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago, and give another jury the chance to do what one misinformed holdout prevented last year: bring this piece of pond scum to justice. Rod is way beyond contempt, beyond redemption, and a pathological liar that, to this day, believes he is smarter than everyone else in the room. And when he gets to prison, he will still think so. Even then, he won't be right.

This case was all predicated on the desire of the Illinois legislature, Mike Madigan and the Illinois governor, Pat Quinn to get Blagojevich out of office to get the huge state income tax that they finally voted in. People are missing the entire reason this prosecution occurred. There is NO evidence of wrongdoing. If I talk about robbing a bank but, I never go through with it, am I guilty of bank robbery----NO! Case closed.

By Illinois political standards Blago is a saint. They all "trade" favors. This has been huge waste of money. Illinois, and our elected officials, is a joke. Blago is just the punch line.

If he is found innocent will the government try him again?

WHATEVER. Find that man innocent and give him is job back. All the money spent on this Ridiculous trial could be used putting youth to work over the summer or something else to stimulate the economy. And by the way, the open senate seat is a #$@#$%@ valuable thing. The State could have benefitted a lot from filling it with the right choice. Instead, the State and it's then Gov. took it with no Grease. Thanks alot Patrick Fitz. You mean you can try Blago twice and can't find any cause to even open an investigation into Daley or his murderous, profit making on city deals, family. My country TSK TSK TSK of the.

The case could not be any stronger, Blago. Plus the jury never got to hear 95% of his other even bigger crimes! Expect Blagojevich to take a plea deal before the jury returns a verdict. He'll agree to 12 years.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Carrie Hamilton has made it crystal clear how Former Gov Rod Blagojevich is guilty on all charges. Intend is 90 percent of the law, and Rod was 1000 percent set on getting something for himself; which was what both of his terms as governor was ever really about not the needs of the Taxpayers of Illinois. It is a shame dirty mouth Patty was not indicted either. I guess the Prosecution had pity on Rod's daughters and did not want to take both parents for lack of better word to describe Patti and Rod? Unlike Rod who was no different than a bank robber who beat all the cashiers and the customers before stealing all the money from the bank and then tried to leave the country before the FBI could catch him or a drug dealer who bought drugs but claims he is not a drug dealer because someone ripped him off for the drugs before he could sell them to our children? Assistant U.S. Attorney Carrie Hamilton has done a great job and deserves praise, and the appreciation of the Taxpayers for the will to expose the so-called former governor for what he really was. A common criminal; no different than any other convicted convict sitting in prison right now; not some sincere honorable misunderstood political figure being ridiculed for his virtue or honesty. There is only one verdict the jury should return and that is Guilty on all charges. Maybe after Rod gets out he can get a job doing something more inline with his current skills like running a Cartel. Thank you Assistant U.S. Attorney Carrie Hamilton for trying to right a wrong that has needed to be corrected a long time now; two terms to be exact. Have no doubt Rod’s and Patti’s victims are screaming for justice to be heard and served. God bless.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Carrie Hamilton has made it crystal clear how Former Gov Rod Blagojevich is guilty on all charges. Intend is 90 percent of the law, and Rod was 1000 percent set on getting something for himself; which was what both of his terms as governor was ever really about not the needs of the Taxpayers of Illinois. It is a shame dirty mouth Patty was not indicted either. I guess the Prosecution had pity on Rod's daughters and did not want to take both parents for lack of better word to describe Patti and Rod? Unlike Rod who was no different than a bank robber who beat all the cashiers and the customers before stealing all the money from the bank and then tried to leave the country before the FBI could catch him or a drug dealer who bought drugs but claims he is not a drug dealer because someone ripped him off for the drugs before he could sell them to our children? Assistant U.S. Attorney Carrie Hamilton has done a great job and deserves praise, and the appreciation of the Taxpayers for the will to expose the so-called former governor for what he really was. A common criminal; no different than any other convicted convict sitting in prison right now; not some sincere honorable misunderstood political figure being ridiculed for his virtue or honesty. There is only one verdict the jury should return and that is Guilty on all charges. Maybe after Rod gets out he can get a job doing something more inline with his current skills like running a Cartel. Thank you Assistant U.S. Attorney Carrie Hamilton for trying to right a wrong that has needed to be corrected a long time now; two terms to be exact. Have no doubt Rod’s and Patti’s victims are screaming for justice to be heard and served. God bless.

Looks like she did an admirable job. Morals aside though, the case does not look super strong.

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