Rod Blagojevich’s defense attorney took an odd tack in his closing argument yesterday, arguing, basically, that the governor had been too stupid to do anything but follow the advice of his staff. “He ain’t corrupt,” and he “never intended to bribe or extort anyone,” Sam Adam Jr. told the jury. But “no one’s going to say that he’s the sharpest knife in the drawer.”
The prosecutor disagreed. “He is not stupid. He is very smart,” he protested, calling the argument “desperate and ridiculous.” Blagojevich, he pointed out, had plenty of ethics training, “yet somehow he is the accidentally corrupt governor.” The judge will give the jury their instructions today, the Washington Post reports. He faces 24 felony charges, including extortion, bribery, and lying to the FBI.