The retrial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich picks up steam Thursday with the start of jury selection. Former U.S. Assistant Attorney Patrick Collins joined us to talk about the trial.
Collins said suggestions that Blagojevich might deliver his own closing arguments were a little crazy, but also a stroke of genius. According to Collins, it would give Blagojevich an opportunity to address the jury directly without having to face cross-examination.
Collins also said the defense has a hard sell in front them to convince the jury that a crime can be completed with intent alone.
Retrials tend to favor the prosecution and the government has all the evidence it needs, Collins said, but Blagojevich is the “X factor” in the case.