It's getting hot over in the Chicago trial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Here's the skinny: Blago's attorney has said he is willing to go to jail in order to give the kind of closing arguments he wants. That, of course, involves pointing out to jurors that prosecutors didn't call a number of witnesses they said they would.
Closing arguments is one of the best parts of any trial. It's when, in this case, attorneys who make far too much money prove why they get the big bucks by spinning a tale so perfect - and at times more lengthy than a Russian novel - in order to convince jurors of their side of the story.
It's the only time they'll get to put all the pieces into place for jurors and use inferences and make logical conclusions for the jurors, hopefully planting seeds in their minds that will bear fruit in the jury room.
By cutting out the chance to mention witnesses that weren't called, the defense potentially lost a great card to play during its arguments.
Realistically, jurors will disobey a judge's instructions about avoiding media coverage and read all the newspapers and watch all the TV reports they can about the trial they're involved in. So when you really think about it, all of this grandstanding and flag waving amounts to a whole bunch of nothing.