CHICAGO (CBS/AP) — Sam Adam Jr., the lead attorney at Rod Blagojevich’s first trial showed up just before proceedings began Wednesday. He shook hands with Blagojevich and gave one of the ousted governor’s new attorneys a hug. CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov has more on the re-trial.
During the first trial, Adam’s courtroom style led to clashes with Judge James Zagel and raised the ire of prosecutors.
Current defense attorney Sheldon Sorosky turned to prosecutors sitting nearby on Wednesday and joked that Adam would be giving the opening statement for the defense.
Jury selection hasn’t finished, and Zagel has said openings could take place Monday.
A federal probation officer, a suburban Chicago librarian and an out-of-work maintenance man who spends his days watching “The Beverly Hillbillies” are among the prospective jurors questioned in the retrial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
U.S. District Judge James Zagel continued questioning would-be jurors for the fourth day Wednesday.
He said earlier in the day that jury selection is taking “relatively long” because of the high-profile nature of the case and the fact that this is the second time around for Blagojevich.
Zagel began his questioning of the probation officer by asking if she recognized him, saying he recognized her. She works out of the federal building in Chicago.
Zagel estimated the court is halfway to its goal of having 40 jurors to choose from for the final panel.
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