Rod Blagojevich's Lawyers Lay Out Their Defense Strategy

Before the jury in the Rod Blagojevich corruption trial filed in this morning, U.S. District Judge James Zagel and lawyers in the case held a hearing that ended up sharply defining the defense that the former governor’s attorneys intend to argue.

“The defense in this case is a lack of willfulness,” said Sam Adam Sr., the dean of Blagojevich’s large legal team. “The defendant had no criminal intent in the things that he said and the things that he did.”

“The defendant has the right to show he did not intend to commit a crime. He relied on many people, some lawyers and some not … who gave him advice as to what he could do and what he couldn’t do. He relied on it … That shows his lack of willfulness.”

Adam was signaling that Blagojevich is not going to try to disprove many of the charges of wrongdoing the government has leveled. Instead, he will attempt to show that he didn’t know he was doing wrong and thought, based on the advice of others, that he was acting within the law.