Sam Adam Jr., a key member of Rod Blagojevich's first defense team, said on Monday he still believes the former Governor is innocent.
Adam Jr.'s impassioned defense was vital to the Blagojevich case the first time around, when the jury deadlocked on all but one count. He said he was shocked when he heard that the second jury had found Blagojevich guilty on 17 counts.
"I really believed it was going to be 20 not guiltys. I really believed that. I believed in Rod from the beginning. We've been here since Dec. 17 of 2008 when this whole thing came down. I was devastated, am devastated. I've known the family, I've known the children, I know Rod, I love Rod. It was a devastating event to listen to all those counts come down, guilty after guilty after guilty," Adam Jr. said.
Adam said the worst thing for Rod and Patti Blagojevich will be explaining to the children what's going to happen.
"Knowing that they have to provide for the children -- knowing that Rod has been out of work, hasn't had a steady job since he was impeached, knowing that Patti has to be the breadwinner now for the next 15 years--" Adam said.
When Adam Jr. was Blagojevich’s attorney, there was one guilty verdict on a charge of lying to the FBI, but he denied that his presence was the difference between the first and second trial. Adam Jr. said the prosecution did a good job of paring down the charges and pumped up the emotion in the case -- including what jurors said was the most dramatic moment -- starting Blagojevich’s cross-examination by asking, “You’re a convicted liar, correct?”
Adam Jr. said there are good grounds for an appeal and the case could end up in the Supreme Court.