Blagojevich trial, Sam Adam Jr threatened with contempt, Key witnesses not called, Rezko Levine Quinlan, Judge James Zagel

Blagojevich trial, Sam Adam Jr threatened with contempt, Key witnesses not called

I am not certain if this is part of some preordained script but I agree with Blagojevich attorney Sam Adam Jr., the government should have called Tony Rezko and Stuart Levine to the witness stand.

From the Chicago Tribune July 26, 2010.

“Following his dispute with the trial judge, Blagojevich’s lawyer, Sam Adam Jr., walked over to the former governor and shook his hand in a way that suggested to reporters he was done representing him.
Adam then walked out of Dirksen U.S. Courthouse, leaving it in doubt whether he will return tomorrow to deliver the closing argument for the former governor.

Asked by reporters if he would be back for the closings, Adam responded, “I don’t know yet.”

Adam announced to U.S. District Judge James Zagel that he wouldn’t follow the judge’s order barring him from arguing that the government didn’t call some key witnesses to point the finger at the former governor. Adam wants to be able to tell the jury that they weren’t called because they would have been helpful to Blagojevich.

Zagel threatened to hold him in contempt of court if he proceeded, and Adam said he would take that risk.

“I’m willing to go to jail for this, your honor,” Adam said loudly. “I cannot follow your order on this.”

Having that door closed makes it impossible for him to effectively represent Blagojevich, Adam said. He said he should be able to argue that the government could have called witnesses such as fundraiser Antoin “Tony” Rezko, political insider Stuart Levine and Blagojevich’s general counsel, William Quinlan.”

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35 responses to “Blagojevich trial, Sam Adam Jr threatened with contempt, Key witnesses not called, Rezko Levine Quinlan, Judge James Zagel

  1. Citizen Carlyle (FUBO)

    Yeah, I read about this already, but I’m confused. How did the argument get started in the first place? Why were they discussing beforehand what was going to be in the closing argument? I can understand the judge spanking an attorney for straying off the reservation during a closing argument. But beforehand? WTH?

    Further, as to the specifics, why does this judge keep interfering? Isn’t the defense entitled to defend themselves by the widest means possible? Again, this whole trial seems pretty surreal.

  2. CW
    Blago called Obama a Demigod!
    Nietzsche called Obama an Ubermensch (in prophesy).
    Definition of Ubermensch… “The ideal superior man of the future who could rise above conventional Christian morality to create and impose his own values, originally described by Nietzsche Thus Spake Zarathustra (1883-5). Nietzsche thought that such a being could arise when any man of superior potential shook off the conventional morality of the masses to create and impose his own values”.
    Thanks again for your work on the Blago situ and with the close of the trial comes the sentencing and appeals. Maybe with the imminent pressure on blago and the reality of jail time he will have the cohones to take down this Demigod.

  3. Free Speech


    Only thing that makes sense to me is judge zagel is just posing for the press to appear that he “really wanted” to get blago, knowing that the jury will be hung. Also, this gives the jury another night to think about how “unfair” the judge was to poor blago.

    The prosecutors promised Rezko & Levine and then didn’t call them. The jury already knows that and they know that Rezko & Levine were closely tied to blago scandal. So I don’t see how calling them would have helped blago. It seems to me that they could only have hurt blago by testifying. Furthermore what did they have to do with blago trying to sell bo’s Senate seat?

  4. Free Speech // July 26, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    I’m not an attorney but I had exactly the same thoughts right before your post, FS. I think that they had to indict Blagojevich for something. When the jury hangs, the press will declare the whole cabal (Evelyn Pringle’s analysis) over with.

    They’ll say that they went after Blago and it will all be over as far as they are concerned.

  5. Free Speech

    Paxson // July 26, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Yes and how is the judge going to prevent Adams from stating that the government didn’t produce all the evidence and witnesses promised. Adams doesn’t have to name Rezko and Levine, the jury knows damn well the prosecutors didn’t call them.

    Looks like a ploy to convict Rezko and Levine in abstentia for blago and bo’s crimes.

  6. Free Speech

    So Adams Jr. defies the judge and says that the prosecution did not call Rezko & Levine. zagel throws Adams Jr. in jail for contempt. Adams Sr. completes the closing argument. blago gets acquitted and Adams Jr. career is boosted like Johnny Cochran after OJ.

    The Adams Family opens law offices across the Nation like Cochran did and make multi-millions just like Johnny. blago is paid handsomely to appear in commercials for the Adams Family Law Firm.

    blago get book deals, movie deals and his life is “golden” again.

  7. Free Speech // July 26, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Yep. It’s been a big show. Everybody move along now, nothing to see here.

  8. welcome to chicagogate…..think we can find some (watergate) “plumbers” to drain the cesspool? The stench is horrible

  9. So who paid the judge to throw the case? Did it have anything to do with Obozo having a vacation in Chicago just before the trial began? Why was Blago so very cocky before the trial began? questions, questions.

  10. Aussie // July 26, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    So who paid the judge to throw the case?

    Remember the judge is a writer. He will get a multi-million dollar book and movie deal too.

    “Do you ever wonder what spins through a judge’s head while lawyers and witnesses drone on endlessly for days and weeks at trial?

    In the case of U.S. District Judge James B. Zagel, who is scheduled to preside over the sweeping corruption trial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich in a little more than two weeks, there’s a good chance those thoughts sometimes drift to grandly larcenous fantasies.

    How else to explain “Money to Burn,” the well-received 2002 novel penned by Zagel about a federal judge who masterminds an audacious heist at the super-secure Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago?”

  11. What a travesty! So many crimes and witnesses, but the jury is left trying to decide what crime was commited and by whom? This is Chicago; we need a dead body to convict. Ryan had the Minister’s kids killed on the WI interstate. No one on that jury could face their friends and family if they hung up that jury. This one is a joke; any number of jurors will be able to argue and remain firm that, by the standards of Chicago, there was no crime. No one died! This place just stinks!

  12. Bill G // July 26, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Same as Nashville, Bill G. Did the burn the Preachers kids up in the car like they do in Tennessee to dispose of evidence?

  13. Free Speech // July 26, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Why isn’t this all over the media? It’s huge.


    You just answered your own question – It’s huge

  14. My mistake – It was for Paxson. It’s late

  15. Free Speech – 9:31 PM & 10:08 PM

    You may just have hit it right! In other words, there will be something for everyone in this charade! – that is, something for the “players” in the Chicago Way. The only one left out is Lady Justice. We Americans once again get the shaft.

  16. Cabby – AZ // July 26, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    Free Speech – 9:31 PM & 10:08 PM

    You may just have hit it right! In other words, there will be something for everyone in this charade! – that is, something for the “players” in the Chicago Way. The only one left out is Lady Justice. We Americans once again get the shaft.

    Seen enough fixed trials the Nashville way, to be able to spot one, Cabby.

  17. CW,

    Are you tracking the LTC Lakin proceedings? Any word on the next move by either side. It’s been strangely quiet on that front…………….

  18. Aussie,

    Well as i suspected you stepped right into it. It amazes you chose to site an election whereby a person was elected president and is not even eligible as your proof we have a legitimate goverment. If it wasnt so sick it would be funny.

    See I can show you evidence that this country has been operating outside the constitution, i.e. outside its authority, i.e. without any jurisdiction, i.e. without the people even knowing what happened

    Is a sovereign nation listed on dun&bradstreet?

    The current form of government has nothing to do with lawful government
    > or governance of/by/for the people or the de jure union of several
    > American states. Every aspect of the idea of government has been
    > incorporated and operates as an implied resultant equity constructive
    > TRUST and commercial franchise of the UNITED STATES, having no fixed or
    > pre-determined rules to run by, because the organic rules operated without
    > the United States-District of Columbia, within the United States of
    > America, which is a diverse and distinctly different entity at law in
    > commerce.
    This subject can be elaborated ad nauseam, but the gist is what you have
    already summarized and concluded. How can a corporate executive of a
    non-Constitutional entity be held accountable to his actions under a
    Constitutional standard, where there is no one in any aspect of the same
    CORPORATION that has authority to do so? Furthermore, the CORPORATION itself
    has no nexus to the Organic Constitution for the United States of America,
    where exist the only mechanisms and constructs for lawful government and
    protections of un/in-a-lien-able Rights under the Bill of Rights. The CORPORATION is itself an abomination.
    *DUN & BRADSTREET listings of government units, offices, agencies, and
    instrumentalities. This is a cross-section so that there could be no doubt
    about the search results regarding the complete federalization or
    corporatization of the purported government. *
    This site and all the ones I have referenced have nothing to do with rap and are not connected with rap. I’ll keep on posting them and I will keep on listening if someone has anything else to prove otherwise. You see my friend there is a long history here that started way before rap and there are lots of people trying to straighten this mess out that have nothing to do with rap. Get real and stop wasting my time. This is serious and I’m not interested in your opinion. I want proof of any claim you make. I’m still waiting. i happen to be happy that rap is out there. BTW did you see my post on who was our first president? Did you see how he was elected? Not that this has anything to do with you since you are an outsider and actually i’m not even posting this for you but for all americans that want to take back their country.

  19. More comments….

    Judge Zagel threatens to hold Blogojevich lawyer in contempt; attorney vows to go to jail!

    Anyone care for a beer?

  20. Aussie,

    When comes to speaking with a RAP member, you are discussing a straw-man arguement.

    They (RAP) remind me of the Jehovah Witnesses religion folks who constantly show up at your door uninvited. Then, when you stump one or debunk them, they run off and come back with 7 more.

    Like the Jehova Witnesses and RAP, its best to put up your No Loitering sign and just wave them on by………

  21. Hi, Sir William –
    I’ve been missing your posts, although I haven’t been around steadily. I agree with you re. RAP, but sometimes it is very hard to “wave them by” when a believer takes another subject that one has posted and erroneously turns it into their pet subject. The cult-like obsession causes this to happen, imo.

  22. @William, I am not even bothering to read their (C)rap.

    @Cabby, having worked with a JW in my past working life, I can assure you that the “leaders” of that cult exert a very big amount of influence on their adherents. This particular man was extraordinarily abusive towards his wife over the telephone… but what alarmed me was the way in which he used to control people when it came to them having to go to hospital or get medical treatment. It was really alarming.

    You are right about the cult obsession. It is why I try to ignore their rants… they provide irrelevant information.

    What they do not understand is that the election process itself was not illegal, even though the candidate was ineligible.

  23. CW,
    For your reading pleasure.

    Just to remind our Obot lurkers, and I quote the democratic party talking heads–“There is no link of government cooperation and al Queda, and 911.” This should be a wake up call for all the obots, this wake up call should read something like this:

    Radical Islam, supported by the Iranian government, has declared war on the west and free countries. The are unable to match our military on the field of battle, so there primary weapons are ‘terrorism’. This is a gift of the ‘Brilliant’ and ‘Gifted’ Jimmy Carter regime. Obama, does not believe we have a conflict with radical Islam–because it is a peaceful religion.

    Democrats, Jourolist, Obot lies, socialist, failed SCOTUS, corrupt courts and prosecutor–Fitzpatrick, pedophile Czars, could it get any worse?


  24. Cabby,

    I too am guilty of that temptation. I am 2 days free of my self rehabilitation and my No Loitering sign is still standing stong.

  25. a little off topic but here is something new that Ihave just learned tonight.

    When referring to Dr. Utopia here is a new way to present his name: Øbama

    There are a few ways to get the strike through the O. It took me a little time to get it right 🙂

  26. @Pete before I go off to bed: well stated

    BTW the tie in with Auchi is that he is a billionaire friend of Hussein… think about it… 🙂

  27. Pete,

    Unfortunately, I believe it will in fact get worse before it gets better.

    As I mentioned over the last few months from time to time, the 4th Qrt. Report which will lead us into the next 2 Qrt’s is going to get economically ugly.

    This fall, the government will no longer be able to add 400,000 plus census workers jobs to it’s monthly unemployment status as it will end.

    You will see the true unemployment (or better reflected) numbers. It will only take a few months to skyrocket. Why is that important? First, you will see Capital investments on Wall Street drop like a rock. Personal investment and consumer speanding will drastically slow as it always does. You will see the market at around 6000.

    It is the Perfect Storm coming…..

  28. For anyone interested, we look forward to visiting Walter Reed Medical Center on September 7th, 2010. 12 Noon. We are compelled to greet our wounded Defenders and show our support for Lt. Col. Terry Lakin on the eve of September 11th.

    CW, I appreciate your coverage on the Blago trial. Ms. Pringle provided the playbook and we all know who is who, what they’ve done and what they’re up to. What a charade! Fitzgerald is in deep. Thank you so much for keeping us apprised.

    To Zach, Starla and US Patriot-Shout, thanks for keeping drkatesview on the front burner in this forum. This Patriot works night and day in many capacities to defend our Constitution and the Founding Principles of our beloved America. When all is said and done, I believe Dr. Kate will be repaid with Honors yet to be established.

    ~ Proud to be counted as present and serving in DrKates’s Platoon.

    Have a great day!

  29. @William I believe that your reading of the economy is correct.

    This is why it is also important that here in Oz the people do not vote in the watermelon Julia-the-Red

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