Ever since disgraced Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich was arrested two and a half years ago for trying to sell Barack Obama's Senate seat, federal prosecutors have been waiting to cross-examine him on the witness stand. On Thursday, they got that chance. What ensued was a courtroom circus not even Blago's appearance on Celebrity Apprentice could prepare viewers for. Observe: the courtroom's five best moments:
"Yes," I'm a Liar
At the outset, the prosecution's first question went straight for the jugular. “You are a convicted liar, correct?” Refreshingly, Blagojevich answered "Yes," a response that drown out "an objection from one of his own lawyers," reports the Chicago Tribune. "It’s certainly an interesting strategy," notes The Wall Stree Journal's legal reporter Ashby Jones. "Admit that you are a liar and admit that, as a politician, you regularly traffic in deception. All in front of a federal jury who has the power to put you behind bars."
I Simply Wanted to Hunt Down Osama bin Laden
"In one of the odder moments in court," reports The New York Times." Mr. Blagojevich said one of his many ideas for the Senate seat was to seat himself and then go to Afghanistan to hunt down Osama bin Laden. Before he could expand on the idea, prosecutors objected." We will hopefully get more information on this later. But it's a shame he's so casually throwing around the idea of hunting bin Laden. It's an insult to the other vigilante Osama hunters who actually made the trip to Pakistan.