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.'"