“Tell me one state contract tied to fundraising?” he asked. “Did they bring one state contract based on fundraising? Just one? No.”
Mr. Adam said that a big reason why the governor is on trial is that he is a bad judge of character.
“He’s got absolute horrible judgment on people. And that’s this case and they want you to find him guilty of these horrible crimes because of that,” he said.
In its rebuttal, the prosecution said Mr. Blagojevich is not the bumbling, naive victim portrayed by defense attorneys. Mr. Schar told jurors that Mr. Blagojevich is an experienced politician who knew better than to explicitly ask for money or other favors.
“It was obvious,” he said. “Somehow Mr. Adam would say to you the master communicator here didn’t get it.”
Mr. Schar, who did not raise his voice throughout his argument, did display emotion for the first time near the end of his presentation, pausing, rubbing his face and looked down on the floor before he raised his head and gave what were the final words the jury would hear from attorneys.
“I don’t know how you begin to put a price on the damage defendant Blagojevich has caused,” he said. “The time for accountability for the defendants is now.”