To close or not to close?

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The trial broke for lunch around noon, and the prosecution's closing argument will resume at 1:30 p.m. Assistant U.S. Attorney Reid Schar expects the rest of his closing argument will last no more than 90 minutes once things resume.

Should Schar wrap up before 3 p.m., Rezko defense attorney Joseph Duffy told the judge his preference is to begin his closing immediately thereafter and go for about an hour. The judge had given Duffy the option of waiting until tomorrow to start his closing, but, apparently, he wants to launch right in.

What do you think of Duffy's strategy?

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He knows his client is guilty and he want to get it over with now that the weather is finally getting nice, after all he's been paid.

That is very odd. Why go for an hour then break? Maybe he thinks it doesn't give the jury the evening to let the prosecutions arguments set in. Last thing they'll be hearing is from him and how many times do we find that people believe most in the last thing they heard. Clever man. Tony got some bang for his buck.

He doesn't want the jury going home with the prosecutors song dancing in their heads like sugar plumbs all night long. He wants to break in on that song.

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Natasha Korecki

Natasha Korecki is the Federal Courts Reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, covering federal news, corruption investigations and trials.

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