Alonzo Monk Cross-Examined by Rod Blagojevich's Attorney, Sam Adam
This might go a little better if we use less loaded words.”— Judge James Zagel, to Rod Blagojevich's attorney Sam Adam
Longtime Blagojevich friend turned accuser Alonzo “Lon” Monk returns to the stand for a fourth day of testimony today, with the questioning to be carried out again by the voluble defense lawyer Sam Adam Jr.
Adam had his first crack at Monk on Monday and set out to punch holes in his credibility, stressing how Monk -- a former Blagojevich Administration official turned lobbyist -- admitted to lying occasionally to the former governor to avoid being repeatedly pestered about fundraising.
Rod Blagojevich’s lawyer, Sam Adam Jr., is picking up where he left off Monday with a frontal assault on the credibility of Alonzo “Lon” Monk, the former Blagojevich friend and chief of staff who has been on the stand for four days.
Adam’s questions, dripping with indignation and sarcasm, often appeared to be argumentative, and prosecutors have interrupted numerous times with objections, which U.S. District Judge James Zagel has frequently sustained.
Alonzo “Lon” Monk has finished testifying after four days on the stand but not before he underwent hours of often blistering cross-examination by Rod Blagojevich’s attorney, Sam Adam Jr. that was designed to blow holes in his credibility.
Many of the questions from the lawyer focused on the vagueness of Monk’s testimony on critical events, including an alleged plan hatched between himself, Blagojevich and fundraisers Antoin “Tony” Rezko and Christopher Kelly to siphon money off illegal schemes and then hold on to it for distribution until after then-Gov. Blagojevich left office.
After three-and-a-half days on the witness stand, Lon Monk — Rod Blagojevich’s former close friend — ended his testimony at the governor’s trial today, but not before defense lawyers portrayed him as a liar who would say anything to shorten his own time in prison.
“You want your deal don’t you, Mr. Monk?” Sam Adam Jr. asked Monk in his cross-examination. “You want your deal with the government to go through?”
Blagojevich defense attorney Sam Adam Jr. spent almost three hours this morning attacking the credibility of Governor Blagojevich's close friend and one time Chief of Staff, Lon Monk, every chance he could get.
Monk is cooperating as a government witness in Blagojevich's political corruption trial after making a plea deal with the US Government. Under that deal, Monk is hoping he'll be sentenced to no more than two years in prison for crimes he committed, related to this case. Sam Adam Jr. wasted no time pointing out holes and inconsistencies in Monk's testimony from the past three days, by comparing Monk's testimony to statements Monk gave to federal prosecutors back in 2009, when he signed a plea deal.
Sam Adam Jr: "You want your deal, don't ya?
Lon Monk: "Yes"
Sam Adam Jr: "You want your two years and only two years?
Lon Monk: "Yes"