Thursday, June 3, 2010
The Chicago media and Internet Blawg's (including the ABAJournal) are full of profiles of disgraced Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's lawyers especially, former R.Kelly lawyer Sam Adam, Jr and patriarch Sam Adam, Sr.
The Chicago Tribune biography of Sam Adam, Jr. was the most interesting. You should also take a peek at the Adam's website for a glimpse of an exotic hothouse snapshot of lawyers not bound by self-imposed ego limits.
As you may recall if you follow such things, the hip-hop "artist" R. Kelly was accused of having sex with underage fans and video-taping the "performances," which could be obtained on the street. Kelly was acquitted on state charges at a trial where the Sam Adams, Jr. delivered the opening and closing statement and arguments and is credited with some of the most colorful cross-examination of prosecution witnesses in recent Chicago legal history.
Father and Son: Sam Adamses--are not the only attorneys involved in the defense of former Governor Blagojevich, as in most of these celebrity trials, as you will recall from OJ--there is a team of brilliant lawyers including workhorses and showhorses. Look for coverage of great lawyering on both sides of the Blagojevich trial. Despite the "clownish" aspect of Blago--the issues in the case go to the very core of what is right and wrong with modern democratic government. Maybe some light will be revealed.